Nov 21, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman answers questions during a press conference to introduce the new owner of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Gary Bettman: A Hattrick In Lockouts

Gary Bettman is a name that is trending right now. The fate of the 2012-2013 NHL season rests in this man’s hands. Yes, there are other factors and people who have to get this CBA thing worked out – the owners and the players – but all in all, Bettman is the commissioner of the NHL.

He stated that they have until September 15th to get things worked out for a new CBA. That gives them less than a month. I was hearing that they were more than likely going to extend the current one, with the understanding that both sides keep working towards an agreement. Apparently that isn’t true.

Owners, NHLPA, I beg you. Get working, and get this fixed. A lot of people will be seriously hurt if there is another NHL lockout. Not all of us are millionaires and can take a year off of work. It’s not just the owners and players who will be affected, there are so many other people who are within the team’s organization like the coaching staff, the managers, therapists… think of the people who aren’t directly related like forum workers. Local businesses depend on that hockey game traffic. Reporters who mainly do the NHL. Even people who live near arenas who charge people to park in their yards, they expect that income to help them get by in this tough economy.

If there is a lockout, this will be the third on Gary Bettman’s watch. He’s been the NHL commissioner since 1993, and many are saying he’s the worst in NHL history. Since I’ve only been a hockey fan since 1992, I have nothing to compare him to. All I know is that something needs to change, it needs to change for the better, and it needs to change quickly. With Bettman running the NHL and Shanahan up in the department of player safety, I’m not feeling too comfortable with the leadership of this great league. Let’s just let O.K. hockey take over! Maybe they’d do a better job!

Mr. Bettman sir, please. Fix this. Or step aside and let someone else in office who can. You don’t need a hattrick in lockouts. Three strikes, and you’re out.

Just another day in hockey paradise, I hope.
Dolly Dolce

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