Found August 08, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from the CP at TSN, "If you're looking at it on a national basis, obviously we're doing more," commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday at Yankee Stadium, which will host two games in January. "But for teams and markets that want to host this (event), for fans that want to attend, we can't do enough of them." In Canada and the United States, the NHL's "Stadium Series" that includes stops at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, Chicago's Soldier Field and Yankee Stadium and the Heritage Classic in Vancouver might not get as much attention as the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. But within those areas, they're can't-miss events. "The reason we're doing more outdoor games is really what it's now doing locally," Bettman said. "This is an incomparable event and what happens is fans get connected to the game in ways they never imagined, we get new fans who, for the first time, will come and be a par...

Bettman's efforts earn him savior status in Arizona

You’ve probably heard Phoenix called a non-traditional hockey market. Why argue with the overwhelming body of evidence? After all Phoenix is the only place where they boo Wayne Gretzky and cheer Gary Bettman. If you know your history you understand the former. But given the generally low popularity of professional sports commissioners the latter may require deeper explanation...

New Coyotes ownership = All-Star Game in Phoenix ASAP?

Of the slate of cringe-inducing comments issued by one NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during yesterday's introduction of the Phoenix Coyotes' new owners, this one made me cringe the most, as noted by the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan: Ownership of the Coyotes ceremoniously exchanged hands Tuesday at Arena when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ceded control...

NHL previews Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium

Like it or not, the NHL is going to be hosting six outdoor games in 2014. Two of these games will take place in Yankee Stadium and will feature the New York Rangers. The first will take place on January 26th between the Devils and Rangers and then three days later the Rangers will battle the Islanders.  Whether you're in favor of the NHL hosting so many outdoor games in a...

Clock Still Ticking In Phoenix

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic, The entire community might even wear party hats if we could convince the new owners to make one final gesture: Ditch the out clause that could reignite relocation fears within the next five years, one that keeps a clock hanging over this hockey team. “I don’t understand all the attention it is getting,” NHL Commissioner...

Report: Devils close to being sold

A person familiar with the negotiations says several groups are vying to buy the financially strapped New Jersey Devils, and a deal should be completed by the start of the NHL season. The source spoke to The Associated Press Thursday and requested anonymity because the negotiations between Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek and the groups are still active. Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh...

NHL gets ready for outdoor games in the Bronx

The NHL has limited its outdoor games to one or two a year since it first began playing them 10 years ago. In January, that's set to change. There will be four games that month, and two more in March. To the rest of North America, the events could begin to seem ordinary. But the league is confident they'll remain a strong draw to the people who matter most. ''For...

Yankee Stadium to Host Multiple Outdoor Hockey Games This January As Part of NHL Stadium Series

The Super Bowl won’t be the only high-profile sporting event being played in the New York area this winter. The NHL announced Thursday that Yankee Stadium will be one of three host venues for the first-ever Coors Light NHL Stadium Series this season, which will also feature games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Soldier Field in Chicago. Each of the three local New York teams...
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