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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

nhl- Resign, both of You!

from the Denver Post, Commissioner Gary Bettman and union head Bob Goodenow should resign.
Yes, Bettman "won" this battle by getting a salary cap, and many of his most vehement critics unreasonably blame him for deep-seated ills tied to a hockey mind-set he neither invented nor unquestionably embraced. But the commissioner still should quit.
The prolonged shutdown has made the league a laughingstock, and, more important, in the long run affected its revenue streams. One of the many examples: ESPN didn't pick up its option to televise games in the 2005-06 season. The network or some other cable operation might be in the picture when the NHL begins playing, but it will be under terms similar to the league's embarrassing revenue-sharing, limited exposure deal with NBC.
The league needs a fresh start, and Bettman would be a divisive influence in the healing process.
He can resign as a "success." on...