Monday, January 29, 2007
Is Enough Enough?
I've rarely posted non-Canucks-related articles this season, but this one is too good to pass up:
Anyone who doesn't think hockey can work in America is forgetting this era. All of a sudden, hockey was challenging, if not beating, the NBA in a number of major U.S. markets – including New York. It's almost impossible to imagine now, but it happened.I have my own mixed thoughts on the job Gary Bettman has done since taking the commissioner's job. Basically, I think he's done - for the most part - a great job for the owners who make money and a horrible job for the fans who pay them. Practically guaranteeing the owners a profit is good on one hand; giving Canucks fans eight games against Minnesota in the regular season isn't. Opening up the game for Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin was good; making sure one-thirds of the league only see them once every three years isn't. There are other examples of course, but perhaps I'll post them in more detail another time.
As the conspiracy theory goes, Stern sensed the potential trouble in 1993 while the NHL was in search of a new commissioner. So he looked around his own office for someone so incompetent that if they got the job, the NHL would be marginalized by their mismanagement and never again be a threat to the NBA.
Naturally, Stern recommended one of his assistants, Gary Bettman, for the job.
For now, grab a beer or two and enjoy the rest of the article.
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