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Why does Gary Bettman get booed all the time?

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Also I did not know he was getting booed. I always thought the crowd was saying booo-urns.

I was saying booo-urns.

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"I think it depends on the venue. In Philadelphia, for example, Bettman gets booed because he is better looking than everyone in the city ... women included."

Freaking hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Indeed (says the guy living in South Jersey)

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Yeah Bettman had a chance to launch the NHL into the stratosphere in 1994 when MLB wusses were on strike. The NHL could of grabbed the limelight.

Bettman makes almost 4 times as much as the Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daily. Gary's a self serving hack.

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Yeah Bettman had a chance to launch the NHL into the stratosphere in 1994 when MLB wusses were on strike. The NHL could of grabbed the limelight.

Bettman makes almost 4 times as much as the Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daily. Gary's a self serving hack.

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Good thing there's no cap for the league staff roster. The NHL would never be able to get rid of Bettman.

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Good thing there's no cap for the league staff roster. The NHL would never be able to get rid of Bettman.

Yeah the proverbial... "Do as I say... Not as I Do!"

FUNNY "TOP 10 Reasons to Fire Bettman"

10. He wants hockey played where no ice has ever been found.

9. He’s changed uniforms so they look bad on fans.

8. He signed a TV contract with the worst network(s).

7. He’s screwed up the rules so much that new and old fans alike are

bored with the game.

6. He watered down the league with the salary cap.

5. He moved the All-Star game to Wednesday so nobody would watch it.

4. He destroyed decades old rivalries.

3. He stopped the sport for a whole year.

2. He took fighting out of hockey.

AND the number one reason why he should be fired:

1. He came from the NBA

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http://www.firebettman.com/entries/happy-holidays/

Every hockey fan up north liked hockey a lot,

But Gary Bettman, who liked basketball, did not.

Bettman hated hockey, all its traditions

No one knows why he took such positions

He sat in his office, his teeth slowly grating,

“I must find some way to keep players from skating!”

And then Bettman got an idea in his head

A way to make hockey fans shiver with dread

“I’ll become the commissioner” said the old sh!thead

“And make people want to watch basketball instead.”

So he took half the season, in his second year

Which made all the hockey fans shed many tears

He took their divisions, their Smythe, and their Norris,

He ignored their complaints “The Devils, they bore us!”

He expanded the league into odd southern cities

Atlanta and Raleigh, where the ice was quite sh!tty

And he put glowing pucks on the fans TV sets

And then Gary Bettman took the Winnipeg’s Jets

Then he took a whole season, 04 and 05

And so the TV ratings took quite a dive.

“And now for my next trick,” said the big douche

“I’ll design hockey jerseys that will make the fans puke!”

And the fans cried in anguish at the new Reebok sweaters

“A retarded two year old could have done better!”

So Bettman sat in New York, feeling quite pleased

“I’m bringing the hockey fans down to their knees!”

And he heard a small sound as he was watching the Knicks

The sound of a hockey puck hitting a stick.

He ran to his window and looked down below

And he saw the ice surface plowed in the snow

The hockey fans everywhere still came to play,

Ignoring the NHL’s ridiculous ways.

They played on their ponds, on their frozen back yards

They wore vintage sweaters, of original six stars

And Bettman was pissed, as he saw they still played

Even after the debacle he’d made

“They play without Reebok, they play without glow pucks,

They play without Thrashers, Panthers or Ducks!”

And Bettman then had a brief moment of doubt

Maybe hockey, perhaps, doesn’t belong down south.

And what happened then, some old-timers say,

Bettman’s small brain exploded that day.

And the hockey fans cheered for they knew they were saved

And they all started cheering, “Hip hip! Hooray!”

And Leafs fans and Habs fans, the Rangers and Bruins

Started building the league back up from its ruins.

Merry Christmas to hockey, and all of its fans

And may the story I just told (please) be in God’s plans

For we hockey fans are Patient, Loyal and True

But please God, take Bettman! What more can we do?!?

Edited by mmajeski06

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i was indifferent to him until i saw an interview he did with CBC when the in-between periods guy who's with Don Cherry who's name is escaping me right now, asked him about direct quotes betteman has said in the recent past, then gary got all pissy and started to claim he never said that, its out of context and all that garbage.

dont ask me to recall what the discussion was about cause i was either a- drinking, b- got hit in the head between now and then playing hockey or c) got hit in the head at my lat job

but ever since then i've gone back to hating him

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Owners love him because he got them a salary cap and a favorable CBA in general. Canadian fans hate him for trying to move so many Canadian teams looking for a gold mine in a heavily populated southern city. I'm not really sure why Americans hate him other then the lockouts. He was just doing his job.

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Bettman's salary is in line with what other Commish make, I believe. Back in 2008 Bud Selig was making like 18 million and Roger Goodell was making 11 million. Then if you want to start throwing in what CEO's making at a company the size of the NHL and Bettman's salary is still not out of whack.

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My dislike for Bettman is just his disregard for tradition and the old style game.

Why can't we have the Patrick Division? Or the Wales and Campbell conferences? Under him, we saw the end of the Nordiques, Jets, and Whalers. We have teams in Atlanta and Phoenix. Heck, we almost got our own team moved to Nashville. People forget how real that threat was.

Also, I hate the instigator penalty. I really think it hurts the sport. The players policed themselves for nearly a century. There would be no Sean Avery's if he had to live by the old code or actually pay a consequence. Keep in mind a lot of the goons of yesteryear could also play the game, like Probert, McSorley, or Semenko. These guys were enforcers but could also chip in 5 - 15 goals a year. There definitely is a lack of respect in the game now.

Oh, and the Edge jerseys. Glowing pucks. Trapezoid rule. Ballooning goalies. Lockouts.

Of course he isn't to blame for all of this, but he was the guy in charge while all of this went down so it gets associated with him and his reign. Hence the hate.

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I'm also for tradition and the old style game. I have a petition to bring back the rover and no forward passes in the offensive zone, who's with me!?!? :lol:

I'm just busting chops, "tradition" doesn't mean good, it just means that's how it's always been done. It could have always been done that way because it's the best, but then those reasons of the way "being the best" need to be explained, not just kept because of "tradition".

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I really wish they would bring back the old conference and division names

Have the eastern and western conference go back to wales and campbell.

Rename the Atlantic Division the Patrick Division

Rename the Northeast Division the Adams Division

Rename the Southeast Division the Calder Division (A suggestion)

Rename the Central Division the Norris Division

Rename the Northwest Division the Smythe Division

Rename the Pacific Division the Selke Division (A suggestion)

Another suggestion for the Southeast or Pacific Divisions could be Vezina Division.

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Bettman (high whiney voiced Jewish New York lawyer)

That's basically what I said :whistling:

Edited by Satans Hockey

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I really wish they would bring back the old conference and division names

Have the eastern and western conference go back to wales and campbell.

Rename the Atlantic Division the Patrick Division

Rename the Northeast Division the Adams Division

Rename the Southeast Division the Calder Division (A suggestion)

Rename the Central Division the Norris Division

Rename the Northwest Division the Smythe Division

Rename the Pacific Division the Selke Division (A suggestion)

Another suggestion for the Southeast or Pacific Divisions could be Vezina Division.

i approve

lets pull away from the NBA and show our fans are capable enough to keep up with changes in names

Edited by jagknife

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Buccigross suggested in a column some time ago re-naming the divisions, but updating the names. For example, re-naming the Northeast Division the Orr Division, making the Central Division the Howe Division, so on and so forth. I think it's a cool idea.

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I'm also for tradition and the old style game. I have a petition to bring back the rover and no forward passes in the offensive zone, who's with me!?!? :lol:

I'm just busting chops, "tradition" doesn't mean good, it just means that's how it's always been done. It could have always been done that way because it's the best, but then those reasons of the way "being the best" need to be explained, not just kept because of "tradition".

Good point, my mistake. For explanation's sake, I feel that the division and conference names were unique and that's why they should be changed back. It separated us from other sports. Stuff like the hockey handshake, the playoff beard, fighting (and honor amongst fighters) are things that you don't find in the other major sports.

I think the Edge jerseys, glow puck, lockouts, trapezoid, and ballooning goalies are all self explanatory.

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Weren't the division names only started in 1974? They were around for less then 20 years so its not much of a "tradition" same with White jerseys at home. He also gets flack for the Jets and Nordiques moving and how he "hates" Canada. Never mind how he helped save the Oilers and stabilized other traditional markets like Buffalo. But no people still think the Jets will be economical viable

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