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Bettman The Blackmailer

May 31, 2011 @ 12:40

Big business sure is funny. Read between the lines and the people of Winnipeg were somewhat blackmailed today.

Interesting that the sale price has been agreed upon, they hold a news conference and talk about the future, but they claim the sale won't be complete until certain conditions are met by June 21st and the biggest condition is season ticket sales.

Gary Bettman and the crew from True North Sports attempted to leave the impression that 13 thousand season tickets had to be sold in order for this thing to get the final stamp of approval.

That's bullshit of course. There's no way they're turning this thing around and there's no way it won't be approved. Today's season ticket declaration was a feeble attempt to scare people into opening their wallets.

Having said that, the pricing seems fair. Amazing that the highest ticket price in Winnipeg will be 129 dollars while in Toronto its something with a three in front of it - and chances are, this Winnipeg team will probably be better than the Leafs.

Today's other key observation from his reporter deals with the little general Gary Bettman. He seemed uncomfortable almost bordering on disappointment. He doesn't want the NHL in Winnipeg and no matter what he says; his body language will always give it away.

This is a great day for Canada, but a stinker for Bettman.

Interesting that the little general kept repeating that today's move won't work unless the fans support the team, but never says that about Tampa, Florida, Columbus, Nashville, Dallas, the Islanders, Carolina and that debacle in Phoenix.

One more thing - if they don't name this team the Winnipeg Jets they're crazy.

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18 Responses to "Bettman The Blackmailer"

4 x 4 Time
May 31, 2011 / 13:28

I read that the NHL gets 60 Million in the deal as a "re-location" fee. I hope the NHL does the right thing (but they won't) and provides a bit of severence for the team employees who lose their jobs.

May 31, 2011 / 14:04

Why did Bettman block Jim Balsillie from relocating an NHL team three times, yet True North seemed to get the Thrashers almost immediately?

It was easy. The Thompson family are partners in True North. Bettman could always sway the NHL board of governors with the argument that Balsillie is a maverick. He would upset the applecart. Whereas the Thompson family owns a lot of media outlets that the league makes money from so he can't say no.

That being said, congratulations from the bottom of my heart to the people of Winnipeg. Some good news for them for a change.

May 31, 2011 / 16:20

Bettman is a worm. It's great Winnipeg gets a team. It's wrong that Basillie is being black balled. Wether Gary wants to believe it, this is just the being of the teams moves. Once the door has been opened a crack watch out. Quebec City can't be far away. Until the new building gets built, I'd beat someone would play in the Colisee.

Mike from Lowville
May 31, 2011 / 16:58

Fred I agree with you on ALL counts! ;0)

Rick C in Oakville
May 31, 2011 / 19:03

I hope the Peg shows up Bettman and gets the season ticket subscribers, and trumps him on every road block he throws in there way. Your pic of Bettman makes him look like a cross between a snake and a weasel, which he is a bit of both.

Canadians are patient (look at our love affair with the Leafs) we will get our teams back as they fail in the USA, and bring them back to a market that appreciates this game.

May 31, 2011 / 19:04

Little man syndrome

May 31, 2011 / 19:48

I give it 2 years before the owners threaten to move the team because they're losing millions each year.

I dont care if Thomson is a billionaire - no one wants to lose money because of a stinking hockey team.

May 31, 2011 / 20:43

Finally... something to replace Buffalo on little man's s&#t list

Chris Mayberry
May 31, 2011 / 23:52

He looked like he needed a good shit. What a discpicable fuck. I don't see him telling Detroiters that they'd better start buying tickets despte playing in an arena that is no longer up to league standards for revenue.

June 1, 2011 / 07:02

Bettman is still hell bent on a NFL style TV contract, and the relocation from the US south to Winnipeg is a step backward in his plan.

June 1, 2011 / 07:09

I swear, I run my Rotisserie Hockey League better than Wee Gary.
1. Seriously, Detroit is just down the highway from Toronto, yet they are stuck in the Western Division and despite all the travel, they manage to make it into the playoffs for 20 years straight.
2. An NHL executive responsible for discipline whose son is playing for a team currently contesting for the Stanley Cup. Conflict of interest?
3. Playoff games on a Saturday afternoon: yeah, great idea when we're coming out of hibernation and would do ANYTHING to get out in the sun...but hell, there's a truck pull event in Bumf#$k, Idaho tonight and an NHL night game might just cut into Ferd & Edna's big night.
Honestly....I hope Winterpeg hangs on and sticks it up Gary's arse.

However, it WAS fun to see bitch Gary squirming on the TV, trying to sell us the fact that he's all a-giddy about moving hockey back to Winterpeg. Can't hide body language...

Phoenix next....

June 1, 2011 / 08:47

Freddie.. confirm or deny the rumour that has you and Humble getting back together on the radio very soon. Hopefully its true.

June 1, 2011 / 09:43

I want it to work in Winnipeg but in the long run I don't think it will. I want to be wrong about this. Every year Winnipeg hangs in, Gary will cringe.

June 1, 2011 / 10:17

Hearing this little d-bag on the news, it sounded like he was announcing someone's death instead of "promoting" a new hockey home. He's a squeaky little puke.

I hope The Peg makes a go of it.

June 1, 2011 / 15:54

@Fred/Humble, don't let this one slip away!

Rick C in Oakville
June 4, 2011 / 21:12

Woohoo, the Peg sold the minimum seasons tickets needed. In your face Bettman LOL.

June 6, 2011 / 00:28

It was so awesome to see Winnipeg showing up Bettman and get the 13000 season tickets. While the requirement was not a fair one, it was a way for Winnipeggers to show how passionate & committed they are to hockey. Bettman can suck it. Today Winnipeg. I hope Quebec, Hamilton and other places in Canada can get a franchise too. I would say in the next 5 years perhaps 2 more Canadian teams?

June 6, 2011 / 01:20

I love it how Winnipeggers shoved it in Bettman's face by selling 13000 tickets in what can only be termed as record time. Suck it up Bettman! in 5 years atleast 2 more teams will move to Canadian cities - Quebec, Hamilton, etc!

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