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08:25 AM ET 01.04 | Thursday's stalled negotiations have a season again hanging in the balance -- thanks in large part to contract language concerning Hockey Related Revenue. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, [a source] said, changed the language back to where it was previously, but apparently the public relations damage was enough to keep both sides from meeting on Thursday as a full group. ... One thing seems clear here as we get to the wire. Bettman and his legal counsel, Bob Batterman from Proskauer Rose, are calling the shots and only a handful of owners are getting updates. Some owners were not even aware as to why the union was upset after Wednesday's marathon bargaining or that it had asked for another vote on disclaimer and why it was doing so.

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January 4, 2013  08:58 AM ET

No doubt the majority of Owners are mushrooms now (ie: kept in the dark and fed BS).

Bettman should have the unilateral authority to cancel yet another season, if so, his head should roll when the BOG's meet again... he's costing them money, every ticking second is lost revenue.

January 4, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Maybe most of the owners actually have functioning businesses to run, ones that actually do something and conduct commercial activity and generate revenue, and don't care what Snow White and her braindead dwarf are doing.

One thing seems clear here as we get to the wire. Bettman and his legal counsel, Bob Batterman from Proskauer Rose, are calling the shots and only a handful of owners are getting updates.

bettman and his sychophants...

January 4, 2013  09:17 AM ET

just for a bit of humour (for i realise I have been a bit didactic this am)
I like the fact that they put Dolan's picture up for a piece about "owners in the dark.
As a NYR fan, I can tel you this is stunningly....and sadly...accurate

January 4, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Dolan must be pissed. He would spend 100 million on salaries if he could.

January 4, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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just for a bit of humour (for i realise I have been a bit didactic this am)I like the fact that they put Dolan's picture up for a piece about "owners in the dark.As a NYR fan, I can tel you this is stunningly....and sadly...accurate

The Dolan photo does seem appropriate. I'm sure that a lot of the owners feel the way he looks.

January 4, 2013  09:44 AM ET

If Bettman's hidden agenda is to kill the league entirely so that a few owners can get a huge write off, he's doing a really good job!

January 4, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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The Dolan photo does seem appropriate. I'm sure that a lot of the owners feel the way he looks.

Maybe a lot BF but not this guy. He actually looks quite pleased with himself.

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January 4, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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This article is horse bleep. Typical sensationalist reporting.The owners are in the dark????? They can do what I do. Go to the TSN and /or the NHL website and read it.

actually, you're assuming that would do that...

January 4, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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Maybe a lot BF but not this guy. He actually looks quite pleased with himself.

I want to know what was in his prune juice.

January 4, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Bettman should have the unilateral authority to cancel yet another season, if so, his head should roll when the BOG's meet again... he's costing them money, every ticking second is lost revenue.

Thing is, the owners will still be the owners when this is over and they'll find other ways to make up for the money they're losing. But, the poor chets who follow the prophet to the bitter end of this self imposed 'doomsday' scenario in a misguided attempt to teach the owners a lesson will never recover what they've already lost, never mind what they stand to lose if the season is cancelled.

The NHLPA and their leader remind me of David Koresh and Branch Davidians, who chose to go up in flames rather than give in. Dumb!

January 4, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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just for a bit of humour (for i realise I have been a bit didactic this am)I like the fact that they put Dolan's picture up for a piece about "owners in the dark.As a NYR fan, I can tel you this is stunningly....and sadly...accurate

And .... you can't find much comfort or solace in your GM either, Spiny.

To quote a famous prez, 'I feel your pain!'

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January 4, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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And .... you can't find much comfort or solace in your GM either, Spiny.To quote a famous prez, 'I feel your pain!'

no kidding....Slats and Dolan....The Abbott and Costello of the NHL....almost...if not for Wang and Snow

January 4, 2013  12:38 PM ET
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Thing is, the owners will still be the owners when this is over and they'll find other ways to make up for the money they're losing. But, the poor chets who follow the prophet to the bitter end of this self imposed 'doomsday' scenario in a misguided attempt to teach the owners a lesson will never recover what they've already lost, never mind what they stand to lose if the season is cancelled. The NHLPA and their leader remind me of David Koresh and Branch Davidians, who chose to go up in flames rather than give in. Dumb!

I guess when you follow the Potentate of Stupidity, your philosophy would have to be "In for a penny, in for a pound", but you are right in this scenario... but I don't pity them one moment for it.

January 4, 2013  12:40 PM ET
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no kidding....Slats and Dolan....The Abbott and Costello of the NHL....almost...if not for Wang and Snow

Wang... he's a funny lad that one, Giving and letting Garth Snow keep a job after the strides thar the Isles have made, especially that goalie Ricky D.... what a champion.

January 4, 2013  12:54 PM ET

Bettman keeping owners in the dark

I can just picture all the owners stuffed in a closet somewhere, except for Jeremy Jacobs whose preventing them from opening the closet door.

 
January 4, 2013  01:54 PM ET
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If Bettman's hidden agenda is to kill the league entirely so that a few owners can get a huge write off, he's doing a really good job!

You're right. He should get a big fat raise.

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