Re: Good column from Grantland
posted at 11/19/2012 9:35 AM EST
In response to kelvana33's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
most of these kind of articles needn't be taken so literally. there should be an element of interpretation. the headline is just that. something to grab attention.
the writer makes "some' valid points.
for whatever reason, labour unrest has been a huge issue while Bettman has been at the helm. hostilities have never been higher since he came into play, and that's no way to grow a partnership(post cap era).
of course it's not "all" his fault, but it's pretty near impossible to be successful when 2 groups are constantly pulling in opposite directions. The guy at the top always gets pinned for both good and bad, and right or wrong, Bettman has cultivated an environment of mistrust, hate and confrontation. None of his predacessors ever achieved his high water mark in those area's. It's not hard to improve on that, and although those qualities were maybe needed a few years ago, a fresh start needs to be considered now.
I think even Bettman knows that, and I wouldn't be surprised if he considers his options when this thing gets put to bed. Players, Coaches and GM's have shelf lives. League presidents do too.
Bettman achieved a high water mark in revenues. And thats all that matters. Nothing else. If Bettman werent commisioner there proabably wouldnt be as many work stoppages because their wouldnt be that much money to fight over. Players can say what they want about him, but they make those salaries because of him.
You're making a lot of assumptions there kel. NBA revenues have increased better than the NHL's, in a shorter period of time, so maybe it isn't so much about Bettman. There is absolutely nothing...anywhere... that suggessts the NHL's revenues are directly proportional to Bettmans employment situation with the league.
There is no logic whatsoever....anywhere, that would support the notion that players make what they do because of Bettman, and it's pretty much accepted everywhere...that even if revenues were 2.2 billion....the league would no longer agree to 57%.