Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Gary Bettman: moonbat?

Yahoo! Sports: "Early Tuesday evening, the league had made a take-it-or-leave-it pitch of a $42.5 million salary cap to the players' association. The union responded with a cap figure of its own: $49 million.

The league dismissed that out-of-hand, saying all teams couldn't afford that much.

``If every team spent to the $49 million ... total player compensation would exceed what we spent last season,'' NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in his second letter of the day to NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow. ``We cannot afford your proposal.''"

Um, excuse me, Mr. Commissioner. A salary cap of $49M doesn't mean that a team must spend that much. It means they can't spend more than that.

Either Bettman was sincere in making this statement, or he wasn't. If he wasn't, then to throw up another roadblock to an agreement in the dying seconds lends credence to the suspicion that his real goal is to break the players' union even if it costs the hockey season.

If he was sincere, then two years' negotiations and the possible loss of the hockey season, unsuccessful because of irreconcilable differences over a salary cap, went on with the Commissioner of the NHL not understanding what the term means. Wouldn't that be a real screamer?

Settle down, Dr. Dean. I wasn't talking about you.