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For the second time in as many years, a major professional sports league has canceled games due to an owner-imposed lockout. National Hockey League owners chose to cancel the first two weeks of the 2012-13 regular season Thursday due to the their ongoing lockout of the players’ union. The cancellations mark the third time in NHL history that the season has been at least delayed due to a lockout. In two decades under commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL owners have yet [...]
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TheNYRBlog reader Victoria C. sends me a copy of the letter she recently e-mailed to Gary Bettman regarding the e-mail...
Dear Mr. Bettman,
My name is Victoria C. I am an avid New York Ranger fan and a hockey fan in general. This past season, I was able to watch the team I love play their way to the top of the Easter Conference. They then went on to win two postseason...
Unsurprisingly, Gary Bettman has cancelled the first month of games. So how do we show our anger over here at NOHS?
With a movie poster of course!
What a beauty eh? Josh hasn’t lost his touch over the summer and really seems powered by the hate.
But this time, it’s not just a movie poster, it’s the combo meal. We’ve had each member of NOHS’...
The vitriol towards Gary Bettman among players is really heightened. Said one: "We'll stay united just to knock the smirk off his face."
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) October 4, 2012
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Gary Bettman broke his silence in an interview with the Globe and Mail's Roy MacGregor on Friday, answering a variety of tough questions on the current state of negotiations.
There's a ton of excerpts from the above column that are of moderate interest to the hockey fan base, and largely, I thought Bettman handled himself fairly...
With the NHL cancelling games for most of the month of October, more cancellations are likely on the horizon. However, the season may not be completely lost. According to former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would consider using replacement players in an attempt to break up the NHLPA union. This tactic has been used before...
Lets just say that the NHL under the direction of commissioner Gary Bettman is not sitting well with hockey fans all across America and Canada. Recently the league announced that not only all preseason games would be canceled but also every regular season game though October 24 would be as well. This is currently the third lockout [...]
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Imagine the Big Four meeting Friday in Toronto -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly; NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr and his brother, Steve Fehr.
Now imagine a popsicle sitting in the center of the table. The Big Four's job is to divide it.
Because the popsicle is...
At this time eight years ago the NHL had locked out the players and the NHL was on the verge of cancelling regular season NHL games, and eventually went on to cancel the whole 2004-05 NHL season. Back then the issue was related to controlling player salaries so more teams can compete on the ice and more importantly be able to compete, and survive, financially. Eventually the NHL...
from Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated,
Steven Spielberg has a new movie called Lincoln coming out soon. I hope it is historically accurate and includes Lincoln's famous statement: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, and you can bite me, Gary Bettman."
The NHL is locked out again. You may not have noticed...
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
Q: Does the court of public opinion matter for you and the NHLPA?
Fehr: Obviously the public matters. Those are the fans, the people who ultimately buy the tickets and watch the game on TV and you want to try and explain everything you can. You want to see if the fans can understand your position, that the public perception of the...
I missed not having training camp!
Hey everyone, it’s been a while, but what’s a month between blogs, right?
Especially when we’re 18 days into a lockout. But, today I’ve got a little something for you. No, I’m not going to break the news that Gary Bettman was struck by a bus and that at least one of the Fehr brothers was seen dancing on or around his flattened corpse....
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The most important element of negotiations is leverage. Have it, and you can dictate the terms of an eventual settlement agreement. The owners, unified by Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, hope to break the rank-and-file of the union through the economic stranglehold. The players have rebuked ownership's stance, and remain opposed to any...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
At some point, if weeks turn into months, players will start grumbling. But they'll have nowhere to go with their grumbling, outside of their own player rep. Then that rep, if he were like-minded, would have to convince another 15 player reps that change was required before a serious movement could start. Individuals can take to Twitter,...