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09/06/2006

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will be involved in the resolution of Mike Keenan's break-up with the Florida Panthers and will also manage Neil Smith's settlement with the New York Islanders.

The NHL's constitution states the Commissioner shall have exclusive jurisdiction when it comes to these disputes. However, Bettman's "exclusive jurisdiction" has been shelved in favour of a Canadian court in one case and this has general managers around the league buzzing.

Without attacking Bettman's objectivity, he works for the owners. And many of the general managers contacted by TSN believe third party arbitration needs to be taken outside of the league's headquarters to determine executive disputes.

TSN.ca - Columnists - Canada's Sports Leader
 
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