So, new article states that Gary Bettman says the shootout is here to stay because a mjority of the fans approve of it. When I saw the headline, I expected some sort of numerical proof because I don't know many NHL fans that think, "I LOVE THE SHOOTOUT!" Here's what Bettman says: “I think to the extent some people wanted to see fewer shootouts, this will get us there, and that’s fine. The shootout isn’t going anywhere. You go to a building during a shootout, everybody’s on their feet, nobody is leaving, which is what it was designed to do. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, and so if we’re going to try and reduce the number of shootouts, this may do it.” He added, “I think you see some people in the hockey community say they’d rather see fewer shootouts, but this is a sport that had ties for so many years and nobody liked that. And we’re not in the position in the regular season for a whole host of reasons to play games to the end in sudden death the way we do in the playoffs.” Is this guy for real? So, standing during a shootout means that fans approve of it? Seriously? If Roger Goodell is the most incompetent commissioner, this guy is a close second. At least Stern/Silver and Selig/Manfred were not total morons. I hated Selig after the fiasco in 2004 (or whenever) with the infamous Tied All Star Game. Making the All Star game count has made it less fun and more unwatchable, but at least it only determines home field in the World Series. Which by all accounts isn't as huge a deal as determining points and standings. When you stop awarding points for regulation ties and OT losses, then you can say the shootout is here to stay. 3 points for regulation wins. 2 points for OT wins. 1 point for SO wins. 0 points for losing. Like every other sport (excluding soccer, because it isn't one of the 4 major sports in America).