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The NHL Meltdown

from Jen Floyd Engel of Fox Sports,

The meltdown has been epic, the insistence on Versus (now NBC Sports Network) instead of ESPN, the loss of a year, the obvious inability even with a year lost to reach long-lasting labor peace. This is how the league with the best playoff in sports, the most exciting up-and-down action, the nicest athletes you will ever encounter is teetering on the brink of irrelevance, if it is not already there.

The days of Gary Bettman speaking of the NHL as one of the “four major” sports are dead. The NHL is battling it out with the MLS for the most embarrassing TV ratings.

And as someone who loves the sport, it is painful to behold.

It is like LiLo (Lindsay Lohan) with the ankle bracelet, repeated cocaine arrests, trips to court, fights with her dad, her mom, her BFF, her lesbian lover. The mug shots and tabloid stories all conspired to turn her from starlet to joke, and it was all her own doing. The league, like LiLo, is killing us with its stupidity. The self-destruction is almost too much to behold and, as months drag on without games, there comes this point where you no longer miss it quite so much.

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The meltdown has been epic, the insistence on Versus (now NBC Sports Network) instead of ESPN.

And as someone who loves the sport, it is painful to behold.

The media trolls are out again, retreading the same old bullshit.

STFU

Posted by timbits on 12/09/12 at 12:04 PM ET

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THIS

Posted by Evilpens on 12/09/12 at 12:37 PM ET

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The self-destruction is almost too much to behold and, as months drag on without games, there comes this point where you no longer miss it quite so much.

Miss what?

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/09/12 at 12:45 PM ET

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This is the third lockout under NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Every time they say, “We’ll fix it this time,” and then waste a lot of time not fixing it. Then, they declare “it’s fixed” until next time when we do this all again. The NHL flushed an entire season. And if that did not fix what is fiscally wrong with hockey, nothing will.

Yyyyyyyyep!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 12/09/12 at 02:20 PM ET

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This current lockout is due to the league getting 100% of what they wanted last time, and that not being good enough to fix their mismanagement. So how does accepting what the league wanting somehow fix the mismanagement that is at the root of the No Hockey League?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/12 at 02:37 PM ET

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This current lockout is due to the league getting 100% of what they wanted last time, and that not being good enough to fix their mismanagement.

Sort of right.

This lockout is because Bettman is an idiot.  The last lockout was because the league’s financials were broken and needed to be fixed.

Unfortunately, Bettman’s still an idiot so it is unclear if he’s capable of actually fixing the financials of the league given his idiotic fixation on holding teams in non-traditional markets.  So much money is ‘lost’ on those weak teams that the financial structure the NHL may actually need to be solvent with that (again, idiotic) plan is very, very difficult to get.

It may not even be possible, strictly speaking.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/09/12 at 05:01 PM ET

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This lockout is because Bettman is an idiot.

It may not even be possible, strictly speaking.

So which is it?  If you can’t fix it, then how does it make Bettman an idiot?  Idiot factor assumes you can do something different using intelligence. If you can fix it, then it is hard to say he is being and idiot. Also you assume he is the only person responsible for the nationwide growth of the NHL. Also, if they got rid of the 10-15 teams that regularly use money, would it solve the problem? Or would it just raise the cost for the remaining teams until they are struggling too?

Posted by timbits on 12/09/12 at 05:52 PM ET

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need spell check, instead of “and” meant an, also meant “lose” instead of use. WTF

Posted by timbits on 12/09/12 at 05:55 PM ET

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Bettman and Fehr are the problem.  Take them out of the equation and you’ll have an agreement.

I used to love baseball until all the innocence was shattered and these players became mercenaries in my eyes. 

You need someone who doesnt represent either side, but wants whats good for the game and League as a whole.

I’m starting to feel hockey slipping away the way baseball did. 

I’m not sure what this writer was talking about, ESPN never gave the NHL respect.  They always acted like they were stuck with it. 

Bettman is not right but the players wanted to get even for last time by bringing in Fehr.

Truth is they did a lot better the last time than anyone thought including them.

This is ego driven madness at this point, if either side blows up the season over these minor issues they should be ashamed.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/09/12 at 06:30 PM ET

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This is ego driven madness at this point, if either side blows up the season over these minor issues they should be ashamed.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/09/12 at 05:30 PM ET

They should be ashamed NOW. But, it seems that neither side has any shame or concern for the very people that make sure that any of these guys have jobs.

We, the Fans, do not have our Hockey, and, more importantly, all the folks that used to work in the arenas and surrounding businesses are not working either. The bottom line isn’t just about owners and players. It affects many other people that might just depend on the extra income.

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/09/12 at 07:30 PM ET

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So which is it?  If you can’t fix it, then how does it make Bettman an idiot?  Idiot factor assumes you can do something different using intelligence. If you can fix it, then it is hard to say he is being and idiot. Also you assume he is the only person responsible for the nationwide growth of the NHL. Also, if they got rid of the 10-15 teams that regularly use money, would it solve the problem? Or would it just raise the cost for the remaining teams until they are struggling too?

Posted by timbits on 12/09/12 at 04:52 PM ET

He’s right, it’s both.

With teams in places like Phoenix, the difference in revenue and, more importantly, growth is so enormous that it’s not possible in a practical sense to have a one-size fits all system. To get teams like phoenix permanently solvent would require, not simply revenue sharing, but outright theft. Instead of making $100 million, the leafs would be making about $5 million. So even if Bettman can see that solution, he’s not getting there without the NFL’s TV contract, which he doesn’t have and won’t have.

Where Bettman is an idiot is two-fold

1. why the eff is there still a team in Phoenix

2. the modifications needed to kick the “asymmetrical growth” can down the road another decade, which is what the NHL has proposed, didn’t require starting a war with the players’ association. If, in July, Bettman’s offer had been to grandfather in existing contracts, but ask for player share to cease growing until revenues turned 57% into 50%, the players never would have been angry enough to have the appetite to buy into Fehr’s stupid game of chicken and we probably wouldn’t have lost a game. Instead, we’ve lost about 30 and counting

Posted by larry on 12/09/12 at 08:05 PM ET

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Posted by larry on 12/09/12 at 07:05 PM ET

What he said ^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 12/10/12 at 09:21 AM ET

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