It’s official, the NHL has canceled the first two weeks of the 2012-2013 season. According to deputy commish Bil Daly, “We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement,” Daly said. “The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.” Typical commissioner BS… all smooth talk, and no actions that support the talk. If they really cared about the league, the fans, businesses and people who make their living off the NHL, and the owners, then the NHL season would be starting on October 11th, as originally planned.
Bettman claims time after time that the league has been more profitable year after year since the last CBA, and that the league has never been healthier. So what, the owners want even more money then? Or does Bettman see a problem in the future in the markets where he and the NHL placed teams that never should have had teams in the first place? If the latter is the case, the players are not the ones who should suffer and have to make concessions. The Mental Midget and the NHL should own up to their mistakes and pull teams out of non-hockey markets, and put them in places where an NHL franchise would thrive and benefit the rest of the league. It has been simple lack of leadership, vision and management on Bettman and the NHL’s part. The players, their salaries, and their demands in the CBA are not to blame for this lockout.
The NHL needs a real leader: one who doesn’t cancel a season or parts of a season three times during his tenure as commissioner, one who doesn’t place teams in non-hockey markets, one who doesn’t continue to support failing teams in these markets, one who doesn’t allow stupid new rules to be put in place every year, one who doesn’t allow head hunting to continue, one who will admit when he’s wrong, one who actually cares about the players, one who actually cares about the fans, and most importantly, WE NEED A COMMISSIONER WHO TRULY CARES ABOUT HOCKEY. Bettman’s #1 priority has been to make the millionaire/billionaire owners richer, and look where that has gotten the league. Reminder: three lockouts under Buttman’s reign!!!
So what will all of you fans do with your free time while the lockout is going on? We recommend that you take that time to send multiple e-mails to Gary Bettman, and tell him what you think about the lockout and why you think he is the worst commissioner ever in professional sports. Gary Bettman’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe that will help light a fire in him, and hopefully help save the 2012-2013 season!! Do it, for the love of the game!!!!