Re: Historical breakdown of some trash for treasure trades
posted at 7/16/2011 8:14 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Historical breakdown of some trash for treasure trades
I won't bother responding to nitemare-38, simply due to the tone of his response. However, NAS has some good points, which I would like to respond to. While there are similarities between the NBA and the NHL, I think the NHL would have been better off to find someone who understands the game, and its relevance in various markets in North America. The 'southern experiment' was so hit and miss because of the basic requirement for creating an audience base for a sport -- the ability to play it. A team has failed in Atlanta twice, because there is no grass roots hockey being played there (to any significant extent). My understanding is that the Stars, as soon as they landed in Dallas, dramatically expanded their community involvement, and encouraged kids to get out there and play hockey. Perhaps failures in Atlanta and Phoenix can't be dumped 100% on Bettman's lap, but he's the Commish, and the buck stops with him. Which brings me to Winnipeg/Quebec/Hartford/North Stars. Bettman is moving heaven and earth in order to keep a franchise on life support in Phoenix, but allowed four franchises to leave traditional hockey markets. Why? While I'm not saying that everything Bettman has touched has turned to lead, I'm saying that the league would have been better off with someone else in his place.
Posted by 49-North
One team has failed in a new market since it went from 21 to 30. I'd say that's incredible, amazing, and beyond their wildest dreams when they expanded. Since they started adding teams, hockey is alive in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Dallas and (at the time of this writing) Phoenix. Hockey is thriving in new places.
If you're going to crank Bettman for Atlanta, you have to give him all the credit for hockey succeeding in all of these other markets.
Who cares if there is a hockey team in Hartford? Is Bettman's 18 year reign as commissioner going to be judged by whether or not they play NHL games in a mall in Connecticut? Hartford, hockey mad Hartford lost it team to North Carolina (of all places) and hockey in North Carolina is thriving!
I can assure you that Gary Bettman understands hockey. To suggest that he doesn't is fool's banter. I'm sure he can explain icing just like the rest of us can. Another thing he understands is the business of sport. From his wiki page: "Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07
Yeah, he's worthless. I bet he can't even skate.