Found November 13, 2012 on
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Hockey Hall of Fame is not a church. It just feels like one – the stained-glass ceiling soaring in the Great Hall; the Stanley Cup sitting upon a pedestal, like a chalice upon an altar; the honored members immortalized on frosted-glass plaques, looking like ghosts.
It is tempting to call it "the sanctuary of our game," as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman did Monday night during the ceremony inducting Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin.
Even in difficult times," Bettman said, "we find ourselves reassured to be here to recognize ultimate achievements on the ice
But do you know what the Hockey Hall of Fame really is? It is a converted bank. And do you know what the NHL really is? It is a business, and among the things it sells are nostalgia and sentimentalism. It capitalizes on the reverence of "our game
The lockout taints even that.
Sorry to be so cynical, and sorry to write this on ...
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Gary Bettman is not a popular person. With anyone. He's been the face of the owners in the NHL lockout and so far, the owners have been accused of being everything from tone deaf to Satan. That doesn't give the guy a lot of good PR. Factor in the fact that he also gets the blame (sometimes justifiably, sometimes no) for everything ever wrong about the NHL, and you get a lot...
from Jeff MacGregor of ESPN,
And in the whole, long history of disasters and capitalism, has there ever been a bigger disaster than the National Hockey League or its mortician, Gary Bettman? The decommissioner has managed in just 20 years to make the league invisible. An afterthought. An unfunny punch line to a joke no one recalls. By his own accounting, the league is poised...
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
As for those media members who are suggesting that his presence tonight will be a major distraction, I have a simple question for you: Who controls the stories that are published on a daily basis?
Last time I checked, those of us in the mainstream media dictate the major hockey stories of the day.
So what if we decided that for the next...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray isn't blaming the owners or the players. He believes both sides have to share responsibility for not being able to get a deal in place to avoid this mess, but he did note that commissioner Gary Bettman has a track record.
"I could sit and say Bettman is a jerk but he's done a decent job growing the game and with TV...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Even people on Gary Bettman's side no longer know what they're fighting for.
Three league executives contacted Monday all gave the same general answer when we asked why Gary Bettman should care how the players' money gets split up, as long as he gets them to 50-50 with the players.
To a man, the three voices echoed the same...
#CBA According to Fehr, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said during meeting that "we're past the point of give-and-take."
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 11, 2012
#CBA Fehr said he "suspects it won't be too long" before 2 sides meet again, but no immediate plans. PA will also request talks shift to TO
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN...
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Attack NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Personalize the disagreement. Make it appear as though the labour battle is all Bettman’s doing. Emphasize that the union gave “massive” concessions seven years ago. Question why owners are gagged and not allowed to speak freely.
NHLPAers have hit those notes consistently over the first 60 days...
Comedian Lenny Clarke was not pulling any punches in his rant against Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr on NESN Daily.
He called the commissioner of the NHL and the executive director of the NHLPA “morons,” and said that they needed to get the game back on the ice. Clarke certainly echoed the feelings of many hockey fans when he said he wanted to get the NHL players back home from...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The players are united and more or less willing to wait it out. As for the owners, some of them like the lockout because they are not losing money, so they’re adamant about gouging the players; others are following the hardliners because they are just wired that way; still others are yachting because they will be printing money...