Gary Bettman is gambling with the future of the NHL

The 2017-18 NHL season will begin with the addition of its first expansion team since 2000. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are joining the league as the first major professional sports team of the four major leagues to play in Sin City.Generally, one doesn’t go to Vegas to watch sports in person unless you are a fan of the teams that play for UNLV or want to attend the occasional...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more clarification from the leagues.In its freshman campaign, the NHL’s coaches challenge had plenty...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL planning to hold 3 outdoor games in 2017-18

The NHL will once again serve up some outdoor action over the course of its 2017-18 season. As the league prepares its regular season schedule (a task which has involved preparing two schedules due to Olympic uncertainty), Gary Bettman revealed that three outdoor contests are expected to be held in the new season. The three outdoor games are supposed to take place regardless...
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January 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Karmanos could sell the Hurricanes, open to relocation

Back in April, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos responded to low attendance figures and Quebec relocation rumors by stating the following: “The Hurricanes will not become the Nordiques and I can guarantee it.” Well Karmanos might not want to make any more guarantees, because he has reportedly decided to put the future of the Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC squarely in...
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November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman continues to bury his head in the sand when it comes to concussions and their link to CTE, and now a U.S. Senator is calling him out for it. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is a ranking member on the Senate subcommittee for Consumer Protection, which is responsible for overseeing professional and collegiate sports. As a part of his duties on...
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July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman took an odd stance this week, denying a relation to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (C.T.E), a disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, and hockey. C.T.E., which many athletes suffer after taking multiple blows to the head, has shown up in almost all contact sports, including prominently in...
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July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

The quietest part of the NHL offseason was interrupted this week by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his take on the connection between head injuries in hockey and long-term brain damage. While his commentary isn’t all that surprising, it continues to keep a dark storm cloud hovering over the league.In a 24-page letter — yes, 24 pages long — addressing questions from Senator Richard...
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July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Bettman says Hurricanes are not going anywhere

The Carolina Hurricanes have been the subject of plenty of relocation rumors over the past several months. Some rumors suggested the team would be moved to Las Vegas while other reports suggested they’d be moved but to a different unspecified location. Shortly after it was formally announced that Las Vegas would be taking on an expansion team, Gary Bettman commented on Carolina’s...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: NHL expansion to Las Vegas a 'done deal' for 2017-18

The NHL appears to be the first of the four major North American sports leagues to be entering Las Vegas. The league received expansion bids from Las Vegas and Quebec City last year, and Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report reported Wednesday that Sin City should be good to go. Couple NHL sources telling me Vegas is done deal for '17-18, with formal approval by BOG this month ...
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June 01, 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...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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