Well, it looks like another NHL season might be lost in 2012-2013 under the reign of the mighty midget, Gary Bettman.
The CBA is up for re-negotiation this year, and the team owners and the NHLPA (players’ association) can’t get on the same page, to say the least. The NHL owners want to roll back players’ salaries by 24 percent, drop their revenue sharing amount from 57 to 46 percent, limit player / team contracts to 5 years, not allow a player to become an unrestricted free agent until he has played in the league for 10 years, and there are a number of other issues to be worked out. The NHLPA presented an alternative offer to the NHL that they viewed as a compromise, that would maintain strong economic health among the NHL and its teams… and yet again, the NHL and Gary Bettman would not meet them half way.
At this point in time, Don Fehr – the head of the players’ association – and little shit for brains Gary Bettman are scheduled to meet again next Wednesday. And the deadline for negotiations is September 15th. If an agreement isn’t met by then, there will be a lockout in the 2012-2013 season. For how long, we don’t know. But we do know that this will be the THIRD lockout under Gary Bettman’s reign. And get this… Buttman’s salary and compensation last year was close to $8 million… more than double what it was before the 2004-2005 lockout!!!! And he wants players to take a cut. Unbelievable. Obviously he doesn’t walk the talk.
Bettman’s ego has gotten ahold of him, and once again the almighty dollar is ruling his brain… he is prepared to enter into a third war with the NHLPA and ruin another season of hockey for all of the dedicated, die-hard fans out there. And furthermore, hurt local economies acros North America. What happens to your favorite hockey bar during a lockout season, and its workers???! Not good. All of this, just so that fat cat owners behind their executive desks can have a few more million dollars in their bank account, allowing them to sip a few more martinis every day, own a couple more houses, maybe another plane, and add that 1950s Ferrari to their collection of 50 automobiles.
If a lockout happens in the 2012-2013 season, it will definitely be at the top of our top ten list of reasons why Gary Bettman should be fired. We should probably update that list… there are probably a million wonderful reasons to fire him at this point.
Bettman, get your head out of the owners’ asses (or pockets) and give players and fans what they want… another great season of the best sport on earth.