Just saw the local ratings for the US-Canada Olympics hockey final.

Couple that with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s reluctance to commit NHL players to the 2014 games.

“It’s naive for anybody to think the Olympics are great, so let’s go,” Bettman said. “You need to understand that there is an impact on our season. The question is what can we do to balance that impact in a way in which makes sense to go? If you were looking at this in a vacuum, and all you were worried about is the two weeks of the Olympics, it’s not a very difficult decision. But we don’t exist in that vacuum.”

And that’s why the NHL is the most minor of the major leagues.


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7 Responses to Moron

  1. Terry Cowgill says:

    Yah, Bettman is shortsighted, no doubt.
    Another problem the NHL has is allowing the fighting. Years ago, when I spent a summer in North Carolina, I often talked sports with the locals. When talk turned to fighting in the NHL, one guy from Greensboro huffed, “Well, it’s not real anyway.”
    He actually thought professional hockey was on the same level as Roller Derby!
    Heck, the NHL will allow fighting as long as they think it brings more people to the game than it turns away. But, like Bettman’s reluctance to let the NHL back in the Olympics, it will consign them to minor league status.

  2. Kevin says:

    I don’t know who’s more smarmy, Bettman or the host of the Marriage ref, either way I wont be watching.

    • Gerry says:

      His name is Tom Papa. I guess he’s tight with Seinfeld. We saw him open for Seinfeld at the Bushnell a few years ago, and he was actually funnier.

  3. Scott says:

    A number of people that follow hockey are saying that Bettman is only talking about the Olympics so he can use that as a bargaining chip in the next round of CBA negotiations with the union. He can use the Olympics as a “concession” from the league side to get something from the players in return. He is just being an idiot to help draw controversy (and thus media attention/coverage) to the NHL.

    The NHL is a (struggling) business that is trying to stay relevant. Heck, I was surprised to learn that the NHL All-Star teams are USA vs International. I was also surprised to learn that NBC payed $0 for TV rights to air the NHL.

    That last stat (I believe is accurate) says everything about the state of the league.

    • Gerry says:

      That’s right Scott. While the NFL, MLB, and NBA wallow in billions of TV dollars…the NHL gets to split advertising revenue with NBC in order to be on a major over-the-air network.

  4. rick says:

    Sorry People, I never liked the idea of professional U.S. athletes in the Olympics. I always thought it was a bad decision.

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