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The commissioner on drugs

Posted on: May 30, 2009 7:56 pm

In his annual pre-Stanley Cup of the game address, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made some of his strongest comments to date on the need for better drug testing in hockey.

Insisting there was nothing to substantiate allegations made by an arrested Florida man claiming to have sold steroids to some members of the Washington Capitals among others, Bettman said he did not believe there's a problem with performance enhancing drugs in the NHL. Still, he said he would like to see more substances included on the banned list, along with year-round testing.

"I acknowledge that our testing program could be more comprehensive and it is time, we believe, that the players' association step up and agree to make the changes that the World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended," Bettman said.

"The players' association has not been ready to embrace it, but (union boss) Paul Kelly has indicated that he supports it and I take him at his word. He believes he needs some time to persuade his members to go along."

On other subjects, Bettman said the business outlook for the NHL was good considering the economic times, pointing to what he claimed was "100 percent capacity" for playoff games around the league, and an 80 percent renewal rate among season ticket holders before the month of June.

"That is quite a strong number, particularly in this environment," he said.

Bettman also said he believed the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, now in bankruptcy, could be made to work where it is, adding that the league's opposition to Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie's attempt to buy the team and relocate it to Hamilton was not personal, but an issue of process and procedure.

"It's pretty significant that the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball have all appeared in bankruptcy court to make clear that is is a profound issue for all sports leagues," Bettman said.

The commissioner added the league is satisfied with its television arrangement with Versus. The cable network's ratings for hockey increased 25 percent this season, he said, and its coverage of the conference semifinals and finals were the most watched in a decade.

"Think about that in the context of where we are, where we've been, those are outstanding numbers," Bettman said. "Versus and the NHL are growing together. That was the plan."

Category: NHL

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:41 am

The commissioner on drugs

is the retard Bettman included in the testing? Atleast when he failed I could somewhat justify the number of assinine things he's done to the league

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2009 6:26 pm

The commissioner on drugs

i think bettman said he was impotance and he needed drugs to correct it. this guy is a limp dick for the league and the owners need to vote him out and find someone who will be important not impotance for the league. if the coyotees want to pack it up, they should. many teams have in all leagues and that is what its all about. survive or die, stay or move. who cares as long as someone wants the team and can back it up with the funds. so gary get a life and drugs to take care of your wife

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:38 pm

The commissioner on drugs

dam, i thought bettman was on drugs too. the title worked then i guess.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2009 10:17 am

The commissioner on drugs

I'm pretty sure Bettman is on drugs.  Mostly becuase it took so long to get the schedules fixed so that every team could play the other at least once.  Also, he has skeevy eyes.  However, this article was very boring, and not at all about the commish's drug problems.  Try again.

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 6:04 pm

The commissioner on drugs

LOL....that is excatly what I thought "oh the Little Troll" is talking about his addiction !!!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:54 pm

The commissioner on drugs

i think the author did that deliberately to get us to click on it- i know i certainly did hoping for some good buttman bashing

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 10:29 am

The commissioner on drugs

I thought for sure this was going to be an editorial criticizing Bettman and suggesting he was on drugs.  I skimmed through the article a second time to make sure I didn't miss any such detail.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 3:35 am

The commissioner on drugs

Thank god I wasn't the only one thrown off by the title. I was really hoping Bettman was on drugs. Then my hate wouldn't be so personal, and we'd have a legitimate excuse to oust him. Too bad...
And talk about a red herring. Bettman is so hated that he's joining the bandwagon of anti-doping. I'm not saying I'm pro-steroid use, but doesn't Bettman have bigger things on his plate that he really needs to figure out first? The Washington steroid story was so insignificant in the news, yet it was the main subject of his pre-finals speech?

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 1:20 am

The commissioner on drugs

And I thought this would be about Bettman's unfathomable decision to have the Pens and Wings play back-to-back in Games 1 and 2. 

Count Hockula is truly a deranged little man.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:10 am

The commissioner on drugs

I thought for sure that this article would be about Betteman, and meth use.  As in, he reveals he has a meth habit and is running the NHL into the ground, not because he is incompetent, but because he is an addict.  Addiction I can forgive.

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