Found October 10, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, Can a 24-month lockout be possible? You bet. What the game will look like and what will be left to fight over when that is said and done is unknown. But don't think it can't happen. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will soon hear demands from his owners to go for larger concessions from the players in order to make up for the money they've lost to date. It's an saying you hear from league types, "the owners will not fund the lockout" -- meaning whatever losses owners incur because of lost games they'll try to get back in the new deal. Lose a billion dollars because of lost games? No problem. Cut the players' percentage of HRR in the new deal to get that money back. We've heard Bettman say the deal on the table prior to the lockout may no longer be valid when core economic negotiations start again. Bettman knows some of his owners will get far more hawkish the longer this impasse exists and he w...

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Gary Bettman might be the most hated man in all of sports. As the league continues its third lockout under Bettman's rule, fans and players alike have voiced their displeasure in how Bettman decides to run the league. His tactic of shutting the doors on the league is certainly a controversial one, but is it a smart and calculated one? A recent article from The Globe and Mail...

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Lockout drags on as talks quiet

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still hasn't spoken to players' union chief Donald Fehr since a brief meeting Wednesday, but negotiators on both sides are back in contact as the lockout drags on. There was no meeting Friday, after two straight days of negotiations at the league's New York office, and there are no current plans for more bargaining to take place. '...

Pressure Mounting

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail, NHL owners are in a pressure cooker right now, with the heat guaranteed to be applied increasingly as the lockout cancellations add up and fan frustration boils over. This is no longer the NHL of Clarence Campbell, where owners’ heads and voices often rose far higher than the league president’s own. There are no Smythes, Ballards...
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