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Poll: 100 percent of NHL players would vote against Bettman for commissioner

Oct 9, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

Gary Bettman

An anonymous poll suggests Gary Bettman would lose in a landslide if NHL players voted for the commissioner.

The poll, conducted by ESPN, illustrates what’s believed to be one of the main roadblocks to reaching a new CBA – the players really don’t like the guy on the other side of the bargaining table.

Such is the level of animosity that all 13 NHLers polled said they’d vote for “someone else” over Bettman.

In stark contrast, 57.9 percent of the 22 MLB players ESPN polled said they’d re-elect Bud Selig as commissioner. (Not coincidentally, there’s no salary cap in baseball and there hasn’t been a work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike that cancelled the World Series.)

Players from all four major leagues participated in the poll, offering their opinions on everything from the upcoming United States presidential election to the legalization of gay marriage.

And since we all know what happens in the comments section when we mention politics in a post, we’ll let you peruse the other results yourself.

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    if and when the NHL and NHLPA come to an agreement,the fans should boycott the first 10 or so HOME can still watch on tv if you’d like,but don’t go to the games live.
    i know this won’t bother the owners and players,but at least the fans can have their say.

    • cowboys282 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      That’s a little hard for us season ticket holders. My tickets for the year have already been paid for and I only get money back for canceled games.

      Owners are still getting Season Ticket holder money during the lockout. And even though they have to reimburse us for cancelled games they are still able to collect interest off our money while they have it.

      Owners still have a revenue stream during the lockout and are still making money. Plus they give you incentives to keep your money for cancelled games and put it towards future tickets. They know what they are doing. There is a reason they are all millionaires. And in the end they could care less about the average fan.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. You could donate the first ten games to charity, like a kid’s club or something. Nah, that would just indoctrinate the next generation of suckers.

      • richter35lundqvist30 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        You should be charging them for risk and opportunity cost, as well as interest. You could be spending that money on something else and you took a risk that Gary Bettman would resort to his only tactic, locking out the players.

    • ron05342 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM


      I’m a Kings season ticket holder. Nothing is going to keep me from watching the banner go up at Staples…been waiting 45 years for this.

      • blomfeld - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        Even though I’m jealous living here in Vancouver, please do enjoy friend !!! :)


  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    What a honour for Bettman. This 100% vote against actually means he’s doing an excellent job.

  3. tmoore4075 - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Makes me wonder, do the players know he works for the owners? I mean he has his responsibility in all of this but the owners are the ones who run the show. So do the players know this or not? Are they saying this because they think he’s terrible and it’s all his fault? Or do they know if they went off on their owners it could hurt them when they come back?

    • kellyb9 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      This is the most insightful comment in the history of this site. Most fans can’t grasp this either. Gary Bettman is judged by the owners…. if they think he’s doing a good job, he’ll stick around.

      • lordfletcher - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Simply put, Gary is the punching bag for the owners in the media and players eyes….. and clearly Gary is okay with the $8 million salary for doing this.

  4. jaredphi - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    w00 h00! Legalizing marijuana was overwhelmingly agreed to by the NHL, NBA and NFL (ESPN said pro-legalization was “super-majorities”)

    Only the MLB had a majority against legalization.

    Nice to see most pro athletes are viewing this issue intelligently.

  5. ducksk - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    There’s a shocker. Would it matter if JC himself were in the chair? He is a puppet. You think Malkin would call out Mario? No, Bettman an easy target. Not over tell someone wins. Could be a long winter.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Could they have polled fewer players? 2% is beyond ridiculous to conclude anything

  7. ducksk - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    If the BOG didn’t like him would they have given him a 6 million $ raise since last lock out? There is a gag order on management but yet players continue to shoot their mouths off…..just saying, it ain’t helping.

  8. ironmike778 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Wait a second, 13 players polled is your 100%?? LOL! I don’t doubt that most players, if not all, would vote Bettman out, but what kind of lame poll is that?? 13 players?

  9. xjokerz - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    and this is surprising why? his main goal is to strip the players of their money…

  10. lsxphotog - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I haven’t liked this guy since I was 8 years old and he came into power…my dad has always called him Count Chocula.

  11. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    In a poll of 6 PHT readers, all said voted they are angry about a lockout effecting their favorite team.

  12. acieu - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    And Gary cares what a bunch of sniveling ingrate players think?

  13. biffnasty - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM


  14. eyeh8goodell - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I’m sure the results would reflect the same anyway, but 13 players?! That’s not what you call a solid sample size. But then ESPN is about the laziest tabloid network out there. Tmz has more journalistic integrity.

  15. bleedingteal4life - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Wow, I also heard Jewish people hate hitler, who would have known?

  16. valoisvipers - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    The players just keep getting dumber everyday. Stay home and go broke, you morons.57% of squat is……well I will let you figure that one out, since you have nothing better to do with your time. Go owners go, squash these ingrateful parasites once and for all.

  17. habsfaninnb - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Bettman has been fking Canada over ever since he became commishner of the league. He has kept the coyotes in the desert, even when there was a person to purchase the team and move that team to Hamilton. There is a market for nhl teams in the greater Toronto area, Hamilton, and Quebec city. When the thrashers went to Winnipeg and season tickets sold out in less than half an hour, you could see the disgust in bettmans face having to announce the move to Winnipeg. 90% of hockey fans in Canada hats bettman.

  18. bbk1000 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Bettman probably didn’t know the difference between a football and a puck a few short years ago..the guy is a joke…

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