Found December 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, It is Gary Bettman’s impossible dream: To create a National Hockey League economy in which Dallas, Florida, Phoenix, Columbus and Anaheim can all be profitable. Without, of course, shipping containers full of money heading south on a regular basis from the Canadian teams, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston. Even if the NHL Players’ Association gave in on all collective bargaining agreement fronts this weekend, would Phoenix not still be a smoking crater of a hockey market? Would the Stars' ticket prices still not be the lowest in the NHL? (Dallas was the only club with an average ticket price of less than $30 last season.) With apologies to Sports Illustrated, this is hockey’s dirty little secret: Even if the financial pendulum stops right at six o’clock, with the revenues split evenly down the middle between the owners and players, it won’t even come close to guaranteeing profitability in Tampa, Carolina, Nashville, or...

Bettman Wants A Total Victory

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, If he wanted to, Gary Bettman could end the lockout by the time you finish reading this. Not just because he is commissioner, but because he -- and the NHL -- have already won. Look at what is happening. The league is getting its 50/50 split. It is getting term limits on contracts. Both sides are haggling over length, but we know it is going...

The Court Happy NHL

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, This was Dec. 6, when Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman and deputy Bill (The Hill) Daly delivered their Angry Men standup routine at a press conference after a group of players had the temerity not to sign on the dotted line even after a handful of owners all but directed them to do so. Bettman was asked about the possibility the NHLPA might...

More Cancellations, More Mediation for NHL

Why can't we all just get along?In the case of the NHL, why can't you all find some middle ground and get a new collective bargaining agreement?Seeing as the most recent (and most promising) talks broke down, the NHL found it in their hearts to cancel two more weeks of games.  Like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, Gary Bettman keeps telling us, "No hockey for you!"His...

Today’s CBA Meeting Wrap

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, The proposal the NHL owners made to the players last week was still on the table today when the sides met with a federal mediator, but the response from the players remained the same. The players still aren’t interested. “They left it for us to make a decision to see basically if we want to accept the proposal that was presented...
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