Gary Bettman who is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL) was brought in 30 years ago with one agenda, and that was to grow the game of hockey in the USA. In Canada the game of hockey is like a religion, with winters lasting 6 months all there is, is hockey. Fans are passionate and it's the number one sport. Football and baseball come second and third. Unfortunately for fans in Canada, no Canadian NHL team has won the Stanley Cup for 25 years since the Montreal Canadians have
Welcome to the boards, @Fanboy
I, like many others, like to dump on Gnome Bettman as much as the next person.
And I do think that some of his methods of running the NHL can be....questionable...to put it nicely.
But still, the league continues to thrive and fans are still on board, despite there being a lockout every other year (an exaggeration of course, but you get the gist), so at the very least, the Gnome is doing SOME things right.
Now...as for your
I don't think NBA officials call traveling on anyone let alone Jordan, Barkely, et al.
I just get frustrated (annoyed?) with all the weeping and gnashing of teeth (not you per se) about star players getting calls. Like it is something new to sports. Any sport. Like the rules have been applied equally for over a century and all of a sudden it was NHL officials who started to buck that trend for say....Sidney Crosby... () because Gary Bettman told them to.
You mean....Flyers fans? (I kid! I kid!)
See - I think the refs are consistent here for the most part. They consistently give preferential treatment to star players. They consistently bury the whistle late in games. They consistently try to screw the Flyers.