Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr Continue Their Bi-Polar Pandering to NHL Fans

One day, they’re threatening us with world destruction. They’re holding puppies at gun point. They’re telling us, “No Winter Classic. No games until January. No All-Star Game.”

Then, they say, “But, we really don’t want to do this. If it were up to us, this wouldn’t be happening.” Then, they accuse each other of everything short of genocide. And then, they change their minds.

So, now that the NHL season isn’t only officially in jeopardy but also probably completely lost for good, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have decided to hire a mediator to settle — or, at least appear to settle — their conflict.

What’s the issue again? Something called revenue share, right? Does anyone even remember what this is about?

In fact, watch the video at the top — with Dan Patrick narrating the 2004/05 NHL Lockout — and you won’t see much different. You don’t need to know the particulars. They don’t matter. They’ve never mattered. The same result is at stake. The same season hangs in jeopardy.

“It’s time to bid farewell to the NHL season and what might have been… gone are the collisions that shattered glass, altered futures, and elicited anger beyond belief.”

Sounds familiar. But, just in case, here are the particulars:

“While we have no particular level of expectation going into this process, we welcome a new approach in trying to reach a resolution of the ongoing labour dispute at the earliest possible date,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, in the article linked to above.

Oh, good. More syntax. This is starting to sound more and more like a Romney “Tax Plan” every day.

It’s all about problems, but nobody’s bringing any solution to the table. Like, any at all.

As the Canadian Press reports, both the NHL and NHLPA are still far apart. So, while they’re working on finding a common ground, they might just have no idea what that common ground is.

The NHL has offered a $211 million transition payment to the NHLPA, because both sides have agreed on a 50-50 revenue split. Of course, the NHLPA is asking for $393 million.

So… have fun with that.

See you in 2013.