Boots the braggart
"Boots bragged to me that he was able to convince Bettman's office to overlook the need for his audited financial statements because it was too much work."
The structure of the Predators' ownership agreement, whereby Boots would potentially be able to move the franchise, is also a key talking point:
Bergeron said Bettman spoke as though he was familiar with Forecheck's arrangement, although he never specifically mentioned the slideshow or the portability of the team.The Forechecker has more.
"We didn't talk about mobility, per se, but we talked about the unique structure of the Forecheck agreement with the other owners," Bergeron said. "Gary said, 'It's a great structure that we put together, and Boots should be happy, because it was my idea.' "
UPDATE Here's Stephen Brunt on Bettman: "In any other walk of life, in any other business, bad judgment on that scale would get a chief executive fired."
One league governor, however, says Bettman has a long, long career as commissioner still ahead of him. "The truth is Gary Bettman has tremendous support among the owners and will probably, by the time he's done, he'll be the commissioner of our league for 30 years."