Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a long time, but I read Carp’s stuff every day, no matter what. I’ve written for Carp before but this time, I wanted to talk about a person who is very controversial, and while talking about him make sure I don’t use any derogatory terms to describe him, or basically avoid bashing the guy to much. The man I’m talking about is Gary Bettman.
Let’s start off by saying that in a lot of ways Mr. Bettman has been around during a large growth spurt for the NHL, and I mean growth as in money, and expansion. I do have a question though as to whether or not Mr. Bettman is really such a genius, and is in fact responsible for this growth in the NHL. To me sports in general haven’t been bigger than they’ve been over the last couple of years. I don’t have facts but I believe just about every sport has seen some significant growth over the last 10 years or so. Did Mr. Bettman really lead the owners to the promise land?? Most of the expansion teams are in some financial trouble, but not all. Some are in fact doing well, but does that make Mr. Bettman really such a mastermind? The league has insisted that these expansion teams stay, but right now they are threatening to lock the players out AGAIN, because of the almighty dollar.
Let’s really make it what this is all about. This is all about money, and the money seems to be to equal out how much each team lays out, we will call it taxes for the sake of this article. So each team pays this tax, and it goes to say that the richer teams pay more taxes. Let’s all admit that these lesser teams are, in fact, not making the money that Mr. Bettman promised, and now he wants to lock the players out because the owners don’t want to support these lesser teams. So who is going to support them? That’s right we (the league) want the players to take money out of their pockets to basically pay for the teams that do not make enough money. So in essence the players will be paying their own salaries!! Don’t get me wrong athletes are paid way to much money in this country but the owners are the ones who are doling out these contracts.
So Mr. Bettman is trying to help these owners make more money and to them the idea of another lockout, which this time could permanently damage the NHL, but it’s a good idea to them?? We’ve had how many lockouts already? Some other leagues have had shut downs, but no one has had this streak, that Mr. Bettman, almost seems proud of. When will the owners wake up and realize that shutting the league down is not the answer to anything? It might be time to say the expansion did not work, and we need to shrink the league a little. Has this point been brought up? Have the owners thought to themselves that maybe it’s time for someone else to lead the league? Has Mr. Bettman really done something that another person couldn’t have done? Like I said before, most all sports have seen significant growth; can we really say that the expansion plan has made things better?
I know all of this sounds like I just want to take the players side, but after Mr. Bettman made his announcement that they WILL lock the players out AGAIN, it just made me think. Are the owners really behind this guy who wants to shut the league down AGAIN?? I find it very hard to believe that these men who are millionaires, and billionaires, believe that shutting the league down, at a time when it’s clearly taken huge steps forward, are behind this guy 100 percent. These are smart men who have made decisions involving huge amounts of money, not like me, who buys a truck, and can’t make it home because the truck is falling apart!! LOL Huge amounts of money are on the line here, the owners are the ones who have doled out these huge contracts, and are sometimes the problem in and of itself.
So as an owner, if by chance one of you guys read this, are you willing to follow this guy who wants to shut the league down again? He may have been the guy at the beginning with this expansion plan, and ways to make more money, but is he really the guy who made all the difference? Would the league still have made advancements, since just about every sport has taken huge steps forward? A lock out is going to hurt the NHL this time around, and to me following Mr. Bettman is probably the wrong choice this time.