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Video- Bettman Faces The Media

Last night I posted the beginning of Bettman's press conference and today you can watch the Q & A volley with the media from that press conference.

 

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from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

My question for Gary Bettman was, in comparison to the mega-mess just made of the NHL’s labor talks Thursday night, a fairly simple one.

Here it is verbatim: “Gary, how could any commissioner justify canceling two full seasons in a span of eight years in any major professional sport?”

You had to be an elementary school principal to truly grasp the glare shot across the media room at the Westin Times Square.

“First of all,” Bettman began, “lockouts and strikes happen in all sports. Baseball had eight work stoppages in a row before they had labor peace. The NBA and NFL have had them, too.”

That’s when he tilted his head a bit, always a sign he’s about to get testy, his left eye twitched, his left handed pointed and trembled, and he added: “I’m not happy about this. But I’ve got to play the hand that I’m dealt.”

Wow.

Let’s hit pause for a second.

more

 

 

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/07/12 at 11:29 AM ET

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“First of all,” Bettman began, “lockouts and strikes happen in all sports. Baseball had eight work stoppages in a row before they had labor peace.


Uhhh…wut?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 12/07/12 at 11:34 AM ET

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Baseball had eight work stoppages in a row before they had labor peace.

You mean before Donald Fehr came in and finally got the owners to negoatiate in good faith so that they could have 20 years of labor peace? I can’t believe he would give his esteemed adversary so much credit.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/07/12 at 11:50 AM ET

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You mean before Donald Fehr came in and finally got the owners to negoatiate in good faith so that they could have 20 years of labor peace?

... by orchestrating a strike at the end of the 1995 season?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/07/12 at 12:24 PM ET

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Right, yes. Baseball lost a world series… and then hasn’t lost another one in 21 years.

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup is in danger of being engraved with “Season Not Played” for the 2nd time in a decade.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/07/12 at 01:13 PM ET

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Right, yes. Baseball lost a world series… and then hasn’t lost another one in 21 years.

... because a financial motivation exists for the owners.  They wouldn’t have locked out in 1995 either.  The players did that because they knew the owners had a financial motivation to play.

Seriously, JJ… if MLB’s national TV contract was the size of the NHL’s and their regional deals were the size of the NHL’s, do you think for a moment they’d be doing anything else but what the NHL is doing?

Conversely, if the NHL was getting a BILLION dollars a year from national channels and then local teams were getting deals like:

Texas Rangers: 15 years, THREE BILLION DOLLARS.
LA Dodgers: Over 6 BILLION DOLLARS in total, almost 240 million a season.
The freaking Seattle Mariners have a 10 year, 450 million dollar TV deal.

If NHL teams were pulling in that kind of cake from their TV deals, do you really think they’d be sitting around a table haggling over a couple hundred million bucks?

Of course not.

That’s not the reality in the NHL, though.  The TV deal is 200 mil a year, barely a fifth of even Baseball’s contract.  And the local deals are even less relevant compared to Baseball’s.

The profit margins and franchise value expansions are almost incomparably different between the MLB and the NHL.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/07/12 at 01:39 PM ET

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The NHL might be able to grow towards getting those deals if they stopped throwing the brakes on their sport every little while so the owners can use their leverage to sap more concessions from their players.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/07/12 at 01:54 PM ET

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from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
My question for Gary Bettman was, in comparison to the mega-mess just made of the NHL’s labor talks Thursday night, a fairly simple one.
Here it is verbatim: “Gary, how could any commissioner justify canceling two full seasons in a span of eight years in any major professional sport?”
You had to be an elementary school principal to truly grasp the glare shot across the media room at the Westin Times Square.
“First of all,” Bettman began, “lockouts and strikes happen in all sports. Baseball had eight work stoppages in a row before they had labor peace. The NBA and NFL have had them, too.”
That’s when he tilted his head a bit, always a sign he’s about to get testy, his left eye twitched, his left handed pointed and trembled, and he added: “I’m not happy about this. But I’ve got to play the hand that I’m dealt.”
Wow.
Let’s hit pause for a second.
more


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/07/12 at 10:29 AM ET

Amazing.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 12/07/12 at 02:58 PM ET

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From the bottom of that article posted by Paul at 10:29 AM ET:

It’ll be 20 years for Bettman in February, and that’s too long. No matter the outcome of all this, it’s time for change.

The owners should immediately consider John Collins, the league’s sharp, young chief operating officer who came from the NFL and conceived the Winter Classic, struck the 10-year deal with NBC and softened the league’s touch with social media and young fans. Word is, Collins is so upset with the lockout and what’s become of his achievements that he’s considering leaving the league.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/07/12 at 03:12 PM ET

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That’s John Collins.  That’s the man who should be the next NHL Commissioner.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/07/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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The NHL might be able to grow towards getting those deals if

... a unicorn came up and licked your ear.

Deal with reality rather than make believe.  The NHL is what it is, a fringe, regional sport that doesn’t have much, if any, national cache in the US.  Trying to force the league to be something it is not is what led you to support Bettman’s plan of expansion and relocation which has destroyed the financial stability of the NHL as a league, which has in turn led to sustained labor unrest because the league has to fight over morsels just to keep their half-dead franchises stuffed into non-traditional markets half-dead and not all the way dead.

I mean, if sustained labor peace was the thing keeping the NHL back, then why wasn’t the three or four decades of relative labor peace up through 1994 enough to vault the NHL into the national spotlight more than it was?

Why is it that national tv ratings for NHL games rarely beat out re-runs of sitcoms, and that even running on ESPN before the first lockout couldn’t beat out what they got from televising Texas Hold’em tournaments for a tiny fraction of the cost years later?

Trying to pin the NHL’s lack of national popularity on labor interruptions is wishcasting.

 

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/07/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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I mean, if sustained labor peace was the thing keeping the NHL back, then why wasn’t the three or four decades of relative labor peace up through 1994 enough to vault the NHL into the national spotlight more than it was?

Because the sport didn’t reach 50% of the US population at that point and had absolutely zero footholds.

Some things never change. If you’ll excuse me, I have an episode of Press Your Luck to watch before heading out to hang this hilarious Garfield plush from my car window.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/07/12 at 03:34 PM ET

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