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Gary Bettman sticking by player freedom restrictions


09:24 AM ET 11.11 | You know the story reported in good faith all week by journalists covering the owners' lockout, that the league would be willing to withdraw most, if not all, of its proposed freedom restrictions other than the one on front-loaded contracts if the players would agree to go 50/50? Well, it's not true, not any more, if ever. For this from an individual in the room for Friday's negotiating sessions and confirmed word-for-word by Slap Shots by a source across the aisle: "Near the end of the meeting, Don [Fehr] said to Gary [Bettman]: "Let me get this straight. Even if the players agree to every single component of the league's economic plan, we still don't have a deal unless we also agree to every one of your proposed changes to player contract rights?" "To which, both of our sources reported, "Gary said: "Yes."

New York Post

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November 11, 2012  09:30 AM ET

This man is one serious ****hole!

November 11, 2012  09:32 AM ET

This man is one serious ****!

Here are some others...

November 11, 2012  09:51 AM ET

This man is one serious ****hole!

No ****!!!!

November 11, 2012  09:52 AM ET

This man is one serious ****!

The greatest enemy hockey has ever known!

November 11, 2012  09:57 AM ET

What pisses me off is they both know what the bottom line is going to be, word for word, but they are too puffed up to sign and get it over with.

November 11, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Anybody know if Bettman is going to spoil the HHOF ceremony by showing up?

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November 11, 2012  01:49 PM ET

How can anyone doubt who is responsible for this mess?

November 11, 2012  01:57 PM ET

"Gary Bettman sticking by player freedom restrictions"

Once upon a time we had an iron curtain, then came along the bamboo curtain. Now, thanks to Gary, we have the ice curtain.

November 11, 2012  02:23 PM ET

No ****!!!!

Is Bettman on a stepladder in that photo?

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November 11, 2012  10:26 PM ET

I have no doubt that Comrade Fehr is responsible for this fiasco. "Labor strife" follows him closely and those two words will be his legacy.

The flaw with your argument is that Fehr is not the constant in three consecutive NHL work stoppages. But then, you have never had a clue, so why start now.

November 11, 2012  10:36 PM ET

I agree. Donald Fehr is and will be seen going forward as a pariah to any clear thinking hockey fan.He should be shot.

You are delusional. Bettman is asking the players to make all the sacrifices. FYI the fans do not pay to see Gary and the owners. The players deserve to get paid, and if some of your hero Gary's teams are failing, that is on your idol. Only he (and you) would be stupid enough to expand into markets that simply will not support hockey.

November 12, 2012  08:42 AM ET

No ****!!!!

Saying "it'll be a while" is not clear enough, I am now beginning to sincerely doubt he wants the league to survive at all.

November 12, 2012  09:27 AM ET

This is what you get when you have a commissioner who came from the NBA and the head of the players union who comes from Baseball. Both of them have no ties to hockey, and could care less about the overall effect this will have on the sport except as long as their ego's are stoked. Do you think if Wayne Gretzky were the Commissioner this would be happening, or Bobby Orr the players union rep? These guys know that fans don't want another lost season, but Bettman and Fehr could care less as long as it is perceived that they have won the battle.


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