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NFL commish Goodell says "bring it on" to Draft boo birds in Chicago

Roger Goodell is tired of being booed. It’s become an annual draft day tradition for the NFL commissioner to get booed by fans in attendance. He’s an easy target given his high profile role and countless missteps as the man in charge of the League. It’s why it wasn’t a surprise during Saturday’s Day 3 of the Draft, Goodell was booed immediately upon entering the stage...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The NHL isn’t focusing on expansion in Seattle

The same trio of cities are always discussed when the topic of NHL expansion is presented – Las Vegas, Quebec City and Seattle. To date, Las Vegas has seemed like the most likely option for the NHL to pursue, but Quebec and Seattle have continued to linger in conversations for a second team. That is until now as Gary Bettman has stated that the NHL isn’t focusing on Seattle...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Announcer Blasts NHL For Late Starts; Gary Bettman Disagrees

Coffee sales must be booming this week in Chicago and St. Louis. The Blackhawks and Blues have played five games so far in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, and three of those did not start until after 8:30 p.m. local time, including Game 5 on Thursday night. Pat Foley, the Blackhawks’ play-by-play announcer for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, evidently is not too fond...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman: NHL evolving among reasons for decline in fighting

Fighting is declining in the NHL. And when I say declining, I mean record lows. As of March 10, there have been 1,010 games played during the 2015-16 season.  If the 2015-16 projections above come to fruition, 352 fights would be the lowest single-season total of the last 15 years, excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. In fact, only one of the previous 13 non-lockout...
Via NESN.com
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs, Red Wings to play in outdoor Centennial Classic on New Year’s Day

The 2016-17 season will be the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary. So, to honor the Original Six team’s history, the NHL has formed a new outdoor hockey game that will take place north of the border on New Year’s Day. The Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Centennial Classic on Jan. 1, 2017, at Toronto’s BMO Field. “This meeting of the Red Wings...
Via NESN.com
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

If you haven’t noticed, the NHL has a new look on its digital properties. The reaction has been poor to say the least, but it goes beyond the usual criticisms that come with a major redesign. As fans struggle to find features they used to use and adapt to the new look, Gary Bettman is more than pleased while ignoring the obvious flaws. Gary Bettman's full answer when I asked...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman signs 7-year extension

The most polarizing man in hockey is going to be the commissioner of the NHL for a little while longer. Gary Bettman will remain at the helm of the NHL into 2022 after signing a seven-year contract extension, according to TSN The Reporters’ Michael Farber. He is 63 and will have just turned 70 at the expiration of this deal. Bettman leaves quite a legacy behind but is the legacy...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 31, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Signs New Contract Through 2022

Gary Bettman said his relationship with the union has never been better. Perhaps that’s why he is willing to stick around as NHL commissioner into the next decade. Bettman has signed a contract through 2022, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday morning on condition of anonymity because the NHL didn’t announce the...
Via NESN.com
January 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Richards signs one-year deal with Capitals

Mike Richards is back in the NHL. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that pending league approval, Richards is expected to join the Washington Capitals and will meet with commissioner Gary Bettman. It’s a one-year pact, worth a prorated $1 million. Sources say pending NHL approval, Mike Richards is expected to join the Washington Capitals. Told Richards has to meet with Bettman....
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Is the NHL close to making a decision on expansion?

It feels as though the discussion over the NHL potentially expanding to 32 teams has been going on for forever. However, rumors are swirling that there might be a final decision in sight.NBC Sports reported over the weekend via Las Vegas Review-Journal that Bill Foley, the prospective owner of the potential Las Vegas franchise said he expects the league to make a final decision...
Via Yardbarker
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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