Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Busy times on the sports desk

As you can imagine, these are busy times in the Canadian sports media. Everyone I talk to — not just at The Globe, but the media in general — is gearing up for the new CBA deal (which, despite the guestimates being offered, no one has a handle on exactly what will happen).

To be sure, we can expect front pages dedicated to the announcement, with Bettman's mug suddenly becoming fashionable in print after a long absence. Unfortunately, I suspect there'll be a lot, namely in the way of goofy rule changes, that many hockey fans won't be too happy about.

The Toronto Sun has jumped the gun with their coverage, dedicating today's front to the fact that Bettman wants to add an additional four teams to the playoffs each year (and a whole new playoff round). Tom Benjamin has been fond lately of saying that Bettman has no new revenue streams to tap, although by inventing additional games to be played, the commish just may have outsmarted him in this regard (unfortunately).

I wish I could say more, but, alas, I have to get back to work. Eric McErlain will be addressing the rule changes on his new radio show format later this week. I'm going to do my best to check it out, and I suggest you do too.

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