Found August 06, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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. “It’s pretty simple actually” Coyotes alternate governor Anthony LeBlanc said after a press conference Tuesday at Arena to introduce the team’s new ownership group. “If it wasn’t for Gary Bettman this franchise wouldn’t be here.” Bettman has been criticized widely for his steadfast determination to keep the Coyotes in Arizona. Bettman fields criticism for many things but given the twists and turns of this saga the team’s staggering annual losses the sheer length of time it took to consummate a deal the numerous ownership groups that entered and exited the picture and the political roadblocks th...

Bettman On The Outdoor Games

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...

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...

Tim Panaccio: Coyotes Sold ... Finally, For Real

The Phoenix Coyotes have been sold. How many times have we heard that phrase since 2009? To me, it seems like a decade since the club declared bankruptcy and the NHL stepped in and took over. But today, the Commish, Gary Bettman, made it official but announcing the NHL has completed the agreement with IceArizona AcquisitionCo., LLC. Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, LLC...

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...

Coyotes Purchased by IceArizona, Will Change Name to Arizona Coyotes After Next Season

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix Coyotes finally have an owner. IceArizona completed its purchase of the franchise from the NHL on Monday and received approval from the league’s Board of Governors, ending a four-year search for an owner in the desert. Completion of the sale triggers a $225 million lease agreement for Arena reached last month by the city of Glendale and...

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...
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