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Sometimes the chairman can’t help himself

The Winnipeg Free Press’s Tim Campbell engaged in a Q and A with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman via an article titled, “Maybe Bettman a better man,” but the “better man” almost can’t help himself when it comes to discussing his love-hate relationship with fans and holier-than-thou relationship with the media, biting back at Campbell’s questions on an all-too-regular basis:

Free Press: The public’s reaction to you in many cases, does that bother you in any personal way?

Gary Bettman: It’s not even criticism. It’s become a routine. The fact is, there is a picture that has been painted in some places that doesn’t reflect the reality. I understand that. Most importantly, to the extent it demonstrates the passion by our fans about our game, I am completely comfortable with that.

Free Press: There are Canadians who wonder if you actually like the game and whether you just see your job as the business manager of hockey.

Bettman: It’s a ridiculous question. Anybody who either thinks that or questions it doesn’t know me at all. They’re relying too much on silly reports. You can’t do what I do, can’t be as committed, spend the amount of time doing what I do without loving it. This is an all-consuming job. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can’t allow yourself to be so consumed. Anybody who knows me knows I happen to love what I do. I love my life and love that I get an opportunity to spend my waking hours doing what I do.

Continued, and it’s at least worth reading for a snicker or two, especially regarding his rationalizations regarding the return of the J-e-t-s Jets Jets Jets…

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Alan's avatar

Based on what I know as fact, the “story” was not over in Atlanta. Sorry, Lil’ Gary, but your lies will catch up to you eventually.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/25/11 at 02:14 PM ET

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