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by Paul on 04/25/12 at 10:51 PM ET
from George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel,
Controversy and chaos swirl around commissioner Gary Bettman, who had the gall to say recently that “the vital signs are good” in the NHL. Apparently, he must not be reading the medical charts from all the players with concussions and other injuries in the blood sport that masquerades as hockey.
Yes, hockey is a violent sport. And so is football.
And this is exactly where the two tales of two commissioners take opposite paths.
Goodell addresses violence with a sense of focus and authority. Bettman walks around aimlessly, an emperor with no clothes and not much of a spine for discipline. Ditto for his sidekick, Brendan Shanahan, the league’s chief disciplinarian.
Goodell doesn’t put up with any nonsense. Just ask the New Orleans Saints, a franchise that went bounty-hunting a few years back only to find out that cosmic payback can be brutally painful. The head coach is gone for a year, the GM for eight games (and possibly much more). Players are going to feel the wrath, too.
This is how you run a business in which players are your greatest assets. Vigilante justice will not be tolerated. Players must be protected.
The NHL business model doesn’t care much for players. Let them suffer concussions. Let them bleed. Let careers be ended in violent mayhem. It hurts branding if you “sissify” the game.
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