NHL commissioner Gary Bettman a danger to players for downplaying concussions
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman probably isn’t a moron.
Yes, Bettman’s newest denial of the link between concussions and brain disease runs against common sense. But it isn’t Bettman’s job to be sensible; his job is to maximize the market value of professional hockey for the owners of the league’s 30 teams.
And that means setting a screen of legal mumbo-jumbo between those owners and anything that diminishes hockey’s profitability, including a push from lawmakers to limit the role of fighting in hockey.