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It’s no surprise then that Bettman, 56, ranks among the most important people in sports according to BusinessWeek’s upcoming Power 100 survey, placing 21st in the annual balloting.
Bettman earned his spot by taking on the biggest brawlers in pro sports—the NHL Players’ Assn. In 2004, Bettman concluded that rising player salaries were pushing many teams, and perhaps the league itself, toward the brink. His fix: a pay cap similar to the one used in the National Basketball Assn., where Bettman worked from 1981 to 1993, in the marketing and legal departments.
from the CP,
Another thing he’s not complaining about is a collective bargaining agreement that’s now entering its fourth year.
The NHL lost an entire season before owners and players ended up agreeing on a salary cap system that is tied to league revenues. Both have steadily increased during the three years since. The cap first began at US$39 million - a number that is no longer enough for a team to reach the floor because the current cap is set at $56.7 million.
Overall, the agreement has turned out to be something that both sides can be happy with, according to Bettman.
“I think this CBA has been fair to everyone,” he said. “It has made the industry healthier and it has made the game better.
“I think we give our fans a better product and environment to the game than we did before. I don’t think it’s close. And it’s working the way we anticipated it would.”
read on, many more topics discussed…
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
NHL players certainly are not immune. Eventually, the rush of speeding up ice, the sensation of delivering a hard body check, the thrill of scoring a big goal or making an important save and the jolt of energy felt from the home crowd fades, ultimately disappearing to memory.
Most face the end of their careers either seeing that they’re unable to keep up with younger players or having someone make the decision for them. Some are lucky to call it a day on their own terms.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
From the Class of 1990, Owen Nolan remains but Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, Mike Ricci and Jaromir Jagr—four of the top-five draft picks—are out of the NHL. The best player from that class: The ageless goaltender, Martin Brodeur.
a few more hockey notes tossed in Steve’s Sunday column…
NHL Senior VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom discusses the rule changes for this season.
Watch the video below…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The NHL says the IIHF has bowed to KHL boss Alexander Medvedev and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly goes as far as suggesting Medvedev and the IIHF are working together.
“There is a real concern that the IIHF as an organization has been co-opted by Medvedev and the KHL. There is no other explanation for their recent behaviour and for refusing to uphold their principles. It raises real questions about the type and nature of the relationship that exists between the leadership of the IIHF and Medvedev.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
And then, there’s Paul Maurice, who is hitting the books.
“Every time I get fired, I like to take a few courses,” Maurice told ESPN.com on Friday. He is studying business at the University of Windsor (Ontario). “I commute from Toronto and take a few classes down there. Although, last week, the faculty went on strike and that put a bit of a fly in the ointment.”
He’s inching closer to finishing his degree.
“Yeah, I’m on a 22-year plan to get my degree,” said Maurice, never a stranger to a punch line.
more and a note on John Ferguson Jr. too.
Like millions of hockey fans who want to know what Mats Sundin is going to do, his own family has been putting pressure on the 37-year-old former Maple Leafs captain to make up his mind.
No more than his parents, who would regularly get up in the middle of the night in Sweden to watch their son perform in the National Hockey League.
“They all want me to play more,” Sundin laughingly told Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos in an exclusive interview at Sundin’s Baltic Sea cottage north of Stockholm. “That’s why I can’t stay (in Sweden) too long. I have to go make my own decision … There is pressure from everywhere.”
The full interview will air in Canada on Sunday at 9pm ET on Sportsnet television.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
In what should come as a surprise to no one, for the first time in history the NHL will spend in excess of $1.5 billion in salaries this season. And early indications are the average team payroll will go up by $5 million from 2007-08….
Spurned on by a summer of wild free agent spending and a number of big-money, long-term contracts beginning to kick in, the league is spending money like never before. As the NHL has always thought, the upper limit of the cap has turned out to be a magnet for spending, with 12 teams within $2 million of the cap.
“I want to get back in the game, I relish the opportunity to be part of a team in a different aspect than a player.”
“It’s tremendously taxing to be a coach because of the interpersonal relationships that you have to develop. It doesn’t interest me as much as being the overall seer of an organization.”
-Mark Messier appearing on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Night Talk’ program yesterday.
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