Like many hockey fans, Bloomberg’s Jonathan Mahler doesn’t think much about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. In fact, Mahler wrote a column in which he calls Bettman the worst commissioner in sports.
Wrote Mahler: “In case you missed the latest news – the National Hockey League has a hard enough time getting people to pay attention when games are actually being played – commissioner Gary Bettman went nuclear last week, filing a lawsuit against his own players.”
Mahler adds: “Instead of viewing his job as the custodian of a sport with a long and proud tradition – the Stanley Cup has been around since the 19th century – and a deeply devoted fan base, Bettman is acting like the chief executive of a restaurant chain who can’t stop looking for new markets to exploit, regardless of whether there’s demand for his product. This hasn’t worked for the NHL any better than it worked for Krispy Kreme.”
You can read his entire column by clicking here.
The Canadian Press reported on Friday that the NHL players moved a step closer to dissolving their union, announcing a vote of the NHLPA membership has given its executive board the power to file a “disclaimer of interest” until Jan. 2. A union spokesman declined to comment on the “internal PA matter.” Read more by clicking here.
The Globe & Mail’s Eric Duhatschek writes that despite the lockout and the possibility of another lost season, the Canadian appetite for the NHL is likely to endure. You can read his column by clicking here.
Meanwhile, one frustrated Tampa Bay Lightning fan sent a message to the team by cancelling his season tickets and treating himself to a new set of golf clubs with the money he got back. Read more by clicking here.
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