Gary Bettman: Can the NHL's Commisioner Go Anywhere without Being Booed?

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Gary Bettman: Can the NHL's Commisioner Go Anywhere without Being Booed?
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The majority of National Hockey League fans do not like commissioner Gary Bettman.

This fact has become very clear over the years since the 2004-2005 season was cancelled by a lockout.

A number of factors contribute to this widespread disrespect.

An entire season was lost under his command.

He's developed a points system which awards teams for losing after regulation.

He puts hockey franchises where there is insufficient fan interest, then refuses to admit when they're not working out. He is stagnant in his inexplicable rejection of permitting relocation of said teams to Canadian cities that are so excited about hockey that they would sell out 13,000 season tickets in 15 minutes.

Among these major factors, there is the head-scratching annoyance that his salary has nearly doubled since the lockout (to over $7 million per year), whereas fan satisfaction with his choices have significantly dropped.

Bettman has done far more than enough to be properly rewarded with an intense reception of negativity every time he presents himself before an NHL arena.

Here are some of the recent expressions of dissatisfaction, ranked in ascending order of "passion," as Bettman would call it.

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