Monday, June 09, 2014
my Alex Jones perspective on the NHL, the Commissioner, and the evil L.A. Kings
said comment: "Yeah.... Clearly the sport is rigged when major sports markets like Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Anaheim have won the Cup.... I wonder how long both teams worked to get the timing for that last second goal down, lol."
under Commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL expanded the League from their 21-team era, to include (among others) the Tampa Bay Lightning in 92, the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, and the Anaheim Ducks in 1993. under Bettman, the League focused on expansion and relocation thru the 90's, with it's primary focus on expanding the South.
stay with me now...
there was exceeding upset in Canada with Bettman expanding away from traditional hockey markets...until...Bettman created the Canadian Assistance Plan: a revenue sharing agreement that gave money to the four small-market Canadian teams – Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver – throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.
thus...Southern teams win...EVERYBODY CASHES IN.
so. isn't it interesting how the Colorado Avalanche played the Florida Panthers in 1996 for the Cup??
RIGHT AFTER THE 94-95 LOCKOUT??
then the DALLAS STARS come in and win in 99. (i think they were probably supposed to win in 2000, also, but they didn't. heheh...) then the Avalanche win once again in 2001.
Tampa Bay won in 2003-04. NHL lockout again, 2004-05. Carolina Hurricane win 2005-06...Anaheim Ducks win 2006-07.
i mean. when you consider that Bettman was once the right-hand-man to the commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, and you peruse the Stanley Cup Champions since he took on the role of Commissioner, you see some really interesting things. basically, since 1993, Bettman has done JUST what he has set out to do: sell the game, expand the League, rake in the dough, and abolish the "old guard" owners and their mentality.
for...prior to 93, take a look at who won Cups.
then take a look at who has won them SINCE. it's a healthy combination of ORIGINAL SIX, ORIGINAL SIX, NEWBIE, NEWBIE, ORIGINAL SIX, ORIGINAL SIX, NEWBIE, NEWBIE, and so on and so forth...(considering the 1974 expansion period teams are newbies compared to the 1967 expansion).
in my opinion...i think that whole World Hockey Association dealio really spoke volumes to Bettman...and for all intents and purposes, the last thing he wants in the league are dynasties. rather, the Cup must be won by NEWBIE, southern teams. California not excluded.
(especially with a gazillion dollars residing in LA, alone, if hockey could reeeeally get noticed there....)
so. that brings us to recent rocky NHL history. 2012. the League was looking at another lockout. (the third in less than ten seasons with Bettman as Commissioner, i might add) time to make one last ditch effort to expand interest and gain revenue before the lockout: KINGS win. next season, said lockout reduces the season to merely 48 games, time to go back to capturing the interest of the old guard, the ORIGINAL SIX, Chicago v. Bruins. and this season, omg. we have a literal potpourri of newbies and O.S. teams vying for the Cup. but yes. the market BEGS for the LA dollars. give it to them. after all, maybe next season an Original Sixer can cash in...that's assuming the Florida Panthers don't need a little NHL help :P
in the words of the Commissioner himself, just days ago:
"This will be our 15th consecutive year without a repeat champion, which is also a testimony to the NHL's unparalleled competitive balance."
it's also a testimony to the NHL's agenda: sell the game, expand the League, and rake in the dough...