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08:23 AM ET 12.20 | Lately, the news coming from each side suggests the lockout might land in court. [Commissioner] Gary Bettman went nuclear last week, filing a lawsuit against his own players. The suit was intended in part to affirm the legality of the NHL's ongoing lockout. ... What we can safely say now, with his league about to lose its second full season in less than a decade, is that Bettman is the most inept commissioner in North American professional sports. Bettman wants to eliminate signing bonuses, cut the salary cap, increase time in the league required before free agency and set the maximum duration of contracts at five years. By one economist's estimate, these proposals would reduce the average player's wages by 15 percent to 20 percent.

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December 20, 2012  08:29 AM ET

I don't even have to read what Bloomberg.com wrote the title is true so the article must be

December 20, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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I don't even have to read what Bloomberg.com wrote the title is true so the article must be

That Bloomberg.com is the source of the thread is what I found most interesting. THis isn't a fanboy source. If there is a source in the media that the owners would think they could find support, you'd think it would be the business press.

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December 20, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't even have to read what Bloomberg.com wrote the title is true so the article must be

They're just preaching to the choir.

December 20, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That Bloomberg.com is the source of the thread is what I found most interesting. THis isn't a fanboy source. If there is a source in the media that the owners would think they could find support, you'd think it would be the business press.

That's the only reason this thread isn't laughable, because of the source.

December 20, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Bloomberg also breaking the news that rain is wet

December 20, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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My thoughts exactly. This is coming from not a Nick Kypreos or any other full-blown basketcase, but from a source whose main focus of existence is analyzing business, good or bad.My question is, with all the smart owners in this league (and there are a butt ton of them), why in god's name can't they see how much he hurts their brand and their bottom line?

exactly...though I suspect Dolan and a few others are reading this and laughing

December 20, 2012  09:35 AM ET

I agree, but it's been reported that the inept Dwarf is paid $8 million a year? For what?

December 20, 2012  09:45 AM ET

This is just too easy. "Shooting fish in a barrel" sound familiar?

December 20, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree, but it's been reported that the inept Dwarf is paid $8 million a year? For what?

alas, not target practise

December 20, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Bloomberg also breaking the news that rain is wet

and radishes are round and red......sigh.........i still cannot wrap my mind around the idea that while Owners and Team staff are not making any money right now , and the Players are not making any money right now , The Fuhrer and Czar Bettman keep on cashing cheques. Now i know that crime does pay.

December 20, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree, but it's been reported that the inept Dwarf is paid $8 million a year? For what?

For getting player salaries down by 15-20%.

That's the kind of thing a Board of Directors love.

December 20, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree, but it's been reported that the inept Dwarf is paid $8 million a year? For what?

For getting player salaries down by 15-20%.

That's the kind of thing a Board of Directors love.

December 20, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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and radishes are round and red......sigh.........i still cannot wrap my mind around the idea that while Owners and Team staff are not making any money right now , and the Players are not making any money right now , The Fuhrer and Czar Bettman keep on cashing cheques. Now i know that crime does pay.

Interesting thought, maybe it should be included in their contracts that if no one makes money, they are included in that group.

Nah, never happen.

December 20, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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For getting player salaries down by 15-20%.That's the kind of thing a Board of Directors love.

Yep. Cos they certainly have no love for the game itself.

December 20, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That Bloomberg.com is the source of the thread is what I found most interesting. THis isn't a fanboy source. If there is a source in the media that the owners would think they could find support, you'd think it would be the business press.

It's actually a bit misleading. Bloomberg.com is the website of Henri Bloomberg who is a minor leaguer in the Canadiens system and the guy just doesn't like Bettman.

December 20, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

For getting player salaries down by 15-20%.That's the kind of thing a Board of Directors love.

they love it so much it had t be said twice!

December 20, 2012  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

they love it so much it had t be said twice!

LMAO! But, they won't love it so much when profits go down 15 or 20%. Or, likely just disappear.

December 20, 2012  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

they love it so much it had t be said twice!

Jacob Two-Two feels it's worth repeating...

 
December 20, 2012  10:39 AM ET

The worst commissioner in pro sports

And..and he's ugly too.

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