Found December 12, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, The question is whether Fehr has pushed too far. Last Thursday in New York, two days after the sides agreed on having one of the most constructive bargaining sessions yet, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stamped out any hints of optimism. Bettman pulled everything off the table, including $300 million in the make whole provision. The sides haven’t met since, although they’re scheduled to huddle Wednesday. Even Fehr acknowledged the lockout would not be resolved in the immediate future. Part of Fehr’s latest task is to determine whether Bettman was bluffing. To this stage, Fehr has convinced his union that every move by the NHL has been a feint. But with games canceled through Dec. 30 and a season-scrubbing decision required within the next 3-4 weeks, Fehr might have pushed the owners as far as they’re willing to go. The NHL, according to Bettman, is standing firm on three principles: a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, a...

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...

Bettman On Gambling On Hockey In New Jersey

from John Brennan of, Wrapping up our five-part series on the depositions of the czars whose sports leagues are suing New Jersey to try to prevent sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had his turn on Nov. 19. During a couple of hours of testimony, Bettman echoed similar themes to his colleagues’ depositions...

There Won’t Be A Partnership

from Andrew Gross of The Record, When the inevitable happens and Gary Bettman steps on the podium in the next week or two (or three) to announce the end of his latest lockout, there’s one word the NHL commissioner-for-the-owners must strike from his lexicon lest he insult the ever-dwindling number of people who still care about his league. "Partnership." ...

Amnesty Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, It’s about money outside of the system, Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman and deputy Bill (The Hill) Daly maintain in turning a studied blind eye to the pain 10 NHL teams will endure trying to comply with the cap without a mechanism to ease compliance. For example, the Flyers project to having $2.5 million of space to fill seven spots (about...

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...

Happy Holidays! NHL cancels games through Dec. 30th

Happy Holidays, NHL fans! What better way to celebrate the Holiday season than by watching two greedy groups of people squabble over how to reach common ground over our favorite sport?  Darren Dreger announced through Twitter that the NHL will cancel all games through December 30th, officially making Gary Bettman our Scrooge and Donald Fehr our Grinch of the 2012 Holiday season...

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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