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Source: Gary Bettman critical of NBA labor deal

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10:12 AM ET 09.23 | A well-placed source reports Gary Bettman has told people he believes the NBA and David Stern caved in to save the 2011-12 season by giving the players between 49 and 51 percent of basketball revenue as part of the agreement that ended the lockout last December, and Bettman is resolute in his stance against giving more than 48 percent to the union over the life of the next NHL agreement. Even in retrospect, Bettman apparently is unable to recognize the value of LeBron James' championship season if it came at the cost of a single decimal point. It is this extreme stance that has created a sense of fear throughout the industry that 2012-13 might go the way of 2004-05, even without the cultural and philosophical divide that existed the last time. "There is no logical reason this shouldn't be resolved within a matter of weeks," one moderate on the players' side in favor of an ultimate 50-50 split told me Friday. "But there is no such thing as logic where Gary is concerned."

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September 23, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Does Gary Bettman even know how to skate?

September 23, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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Does Gary Bettman even know how to skate?

No but he leaves a trail of slime.

September 23, 2012  10:41 AM ET

This guy is complete Moron if he believes Cancelling a season is better option than salvaging some of the season...

September 23, 2012  10:48 AM ET

"But there is no such thing as logic where Gary is concerned..."


Sums it up.

September 23, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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This guy is complete Moron if he believes Cancelling a season is better option than salvaging some of the season...

He didn't care last time, doesn't care now.

September 23, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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"But there is no such thing as logic where Gary is concerned..." Sums it up.

+ infinity.




'Morning Otis.

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September 23, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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He didn't care last time, doesn't care now.

Ed Zachary!

September 23, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Serious pinhead. What's fairer than 50/50? I'm sure Stern stays up nights worrying about Buttman's opinion.

September 23, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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+ infinity.'Morning Otis.

Morning, my friend...

A great day for some football!

September 23, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Shama Lama Ding Dong

and................................

September 23, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Morning, my friend... A great day for some football!

Fillin' the bucket with Smithwicks!!!!

September 23, 2012  11:31 AM ET
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Does Gary Bettman even know how to skate?

He's on thin ice with the fans regardless.

September 23, 2012  11:41 AM ET

When I think of all the incompetent fools that I had to work for in the 40 years I was in the workforce, I take heart knowing that I never worked for Gary Bettman.

September 23, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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Fillin' the bucket with Smithwicks!!!!

Meat marinating for the afternoon grill fest...

September 23, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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Meat marinating for the afternoon grill fest...

That rocks. Brats with onions and peppers over here!!

September 23, 2012  12:15 PM ET

The problem with Bettman is he doesn't understand the happy median of saving a season and getting enough of what the owners want for the good of the sport. By Bettman's thinking, every 6-7 years all pro sports should be locked out for the threat of a season so the owners can get exactly what they want. The problem with that is you risk alienating your core fanbase while turning off casual fans who won't miss your sport when its gone. I will continue to say that if the lockout is settled by Christmas and we have a shortened season, all fans will forgive and forget. But if we miss another season, I really don't know what will happen with this sport in the future, because even myself as a diehard NHL fan thinks its an utter joke not to crown a Stanley Cup Champion 2 times in the past 8 years.

 
September 23, 2012  12:20 PM ET
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That rocks. Brats with onions and peppers over here!!

Chicken breasts, shrimp & pork loin here...

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