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The Bettman Bobblehead confirms that ‘the system works’

I like to watch him squirm, so I guess this ought to go in my blog and not KK Hockey.

Per NHL.com's Dan Rosen, "The system works"...

The salary cap for the 2014-15 season is projected to be approximately $71 million, a growth of more than 10 percent, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the League's Board of Governors meeting on Monday. The salary cap for this season is $64.3 million after growing to $70.2 million during the 2012-13 season.

In addition, the Board ratified the League's 12-year, $5.2 billion Canadian national television and multimedia rights agreement with Rogers Communications during the first session of the two-day meeting. The agreement with Rogers, the largest media-rights deal in League history, begins next season and money from that deal impacts the League's projection for next season's salary cap.

The meetings conclude Tuesday afternoon.

"We're looking at a cap in the $71 million range as an estimate," Commissioner Bettman said. "It's subject to change. It's very preliminary."

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"I said to the Board there shouldn't be any issue or consternation, if [$71 million] is the cap level it's because revenues have gone up, and that's a good thing," Commissioner Bettman said. "When the cap goes up, revenue sharing goes up, and the system works the way it's supposed to."

Oh, how I've missed the Real Life Bettman Bobblehead, though I hate to admit that he looks more and more like the cat who ate the canary now that revenues are split evenly between owners and players...

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Jesus, he is a bobblehead! I can’t not see it now.

Posted by SlimChance on 12/10/13 at 02:17 AM ET

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What happens when the cap exceeds 71 mill ?  Do we see another lockout at the end of this agreement ?

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 12/10/13 at 04:04 AM ET

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in economic parlance, this is called the yo-yo effect.

Posted by MoreShoot on 12/10/13 at 07:56 AM ET

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League revenues are up because Canadian teams always have carried teams like the Coyotes, BJs and Panthers and the Rogers deal that little weasel ny lawyer can thank Canada for also yet Quebec City is still without a team, ugh.
Maybe bettman and the owners will do the fans another favor and treat us to another lockout before he dies on the job many many decades from now as commissioner.
This guy has the charm of a pedophile speaking to kids at a school.
The leagues owners in majority if they had an ounce of dignity would of fired him years ago
He is better suited to be a lawyer repping a drone manufacturer, large bank or some douchey insurance company like aig.
Get boo’d about everywhere you go and give us lockouts ah Merry X-Mas creep.

 

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 12/10/13 at 08:16 AM ET

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Parity has grown the game and the cap has allowed even Winnepeg and Edmonton to be successful.  That’s why the Rogers deal is so huge, every team is relevant now.  You should be thanking your lucky stars for that “little weasel.”  And Quebec will get a team soon enough.  Here’s hoping you can hang onto it this time.

Posted by jkm2011 on 12/10/13 at 09:55 AM ET

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the cap has allowed even Winnepeg and Edmonton to be successful.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

lol

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/10/13 at 10:00 AM ET

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Bettman is an umpa lumpa with bad hair genes. Dude probably can’t even crack 5’7’‘.  I would LOVE to Kronwall him during a scrimmage. I would pay to do it.

Posted by ZandPasha11 on 12/10/13 at 10:12 AM ET

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League revenues are up because Canadian teams always have carried teams like the Coyotes, BJs and Panthers and the Rogers deal that little weasel ny lawyer can thank Canada for also yet Quebec City is still without a team, ugh.

Wanna see empty buildings in the US? Just have teams like Mumblypeg and Ottawa roll through your town a few times. Better yet add Quebec and Saskatoon to the rotation.

Posted by timbits on 12/10/13 at 10:29 AM ET

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Wanna see empty buildings in the US? Just have teams like Mumblypeg and Ottawa roll through your town a few times. Better yet add Quebec and Saskatoon to the rotation.

So your point then is that Canadian fans are fans of hockey and American fans only fans of teams that are based in cities they learned about in first grade geography?

But it’s the Canadians who are the xenophobes, right?

Posted by Garth on 12/10/13 at 10:56 AM ET

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Garth, it’s more about how those teams don’t generate any marketing buzz in the cities that need to create that sort of thing, as very few locals have likely heard of the places or have connections to them. Here in Chicago, it doesn’t really matter who the Hawks are playing these days, the UC will be full, but in Florida, as much as it pains me to say as a hockey-lover, the Ottawa Senators are a tough draw on a Tuesday night, and the Quebec Nordiques (or whatever) will likely be the same unfortunately.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 12/10/13 at 11:10 AM ET

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So your point then is that Canadian fans are fans of hockey and American fans only fans of teams that are based in cities they learned about in first grade geography?

Sure.

Here’s a Saturday night home game for the Ottawa Senators against a bad team division rival.

Attendance: 16,244

Here’s a Saturday night home game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against a bad team division rival.

Attendance: 18,088

But hey, Thursday night home game against a Canadian team for the Senators and suddenly we’ve got 19,292 people filling up the CT Centre.

It’s a feature of sports fandom. If you want people from far away to draw the crowd then you have to be very good or they have to be very good. Otherwise, local rivalries trump that.  Heck, Edmonton brought 18.6K in on a Saturday night in Ottawa and they’re not a good team.

 

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/10/13 at 11:39 AM ET

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