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Gary Bettman says tanking is a media creation

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been known to say some wacky things. And there can be the perception that Bettman is in an ivory tower, unaware of his surroundings. This perception came back to bite him when the Commish met with reporters on Friday to discuss the state of the league and other matters. His head-scratching comments regarding fans taunting the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman's quote about expansion makes no sense

Expansion continues to be a hot topic in the NHL and Gary Bettman was recently asked about the possibility of a new team joining the Eastern Conference. Based on the current structure of the league (14 teams in the West and 16 in the East), the obvious solution is to place two teams in the West to balance things out. Would Bettman consider adding a team in the East if the right...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

No expansion yet, but Bettman has fee in mind: $500 million

NEW YORK (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind. How's $500 million sound? Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday that he's consider a half-billion dollars a reasonable figure. That would be a significant increase...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bettman: Jets' return to Winnipeg could be example for Las Vegas

  What the True North ownership group has done since getting the Winnipeg Jets from Atlanta could be an example for Las Vegas if the group led by Bill Foley is awarded an expansion franchise. ''I think in terms of introducing a team to a market, whether it's an introduction or a re-introduction, I don't know how anybody could have done it better than the Winnipeg Jets did here,...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bettman: Jets return could be example for Vegas

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) What the True North ownership group has done since getting the Winnipeg Jets from Atlanta could be an example for Las Vegas if the group led by Bill Foley is awarded an expansion franchise. ''I think in terms of introducing a team to a market, whether it's an introduction or a re-introduction, I don't know how anybody could have done it better than the Winnipeg...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

Brace yourself – Gary Bettman made some polarizing comments again. While discussing the topic of shootouts, Bettman admitted that some individuals within the NHL would like to see the shootout kicked to the curb. However, when it comes to fans, Bettman believes that fans like the game the way it is. Here are Bettman’s comments, as seen on ProHockeyTalk: “I think there...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman: 2016 Winter Classic At Gillette Stadium ‘Is Going To Be Great’

BOSTON — The outdoor game schedule for the 2014-15 NHL season has concluded, so it’s time to shift our focus to next season’s slate of games. The highlight will be the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens taking their legendary rivalry to Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day for the 2016 Winter Classic. It’s the perfect matchup for the league’s marquee regular-season event...
Via NESN.com
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Bettman: Declining Canadian dollar won't impact salary cap

BOSTON — The March 2 NHL trade deadline is fast approaching and a lot of general managers around the league will be wary of acquiring players with term on their contract beyond this season because of the uncertainty of next year’s salary cap. The salary cap ceiling for the 2014-15 campaign is $69 million, with the salary floor set at $51 million. Despite the new television rights...
Via NESN.com
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Season ticket drive determines the future of the NHL in Vegas

The season ticket drive for an expansion team in Las Vegas is underway. The drive is designed to gauge interest in a potential expansion team in Vegas and the reported bar the drive needs to hit is 10,000 tickets. Via THN, the drive is reportedly for seats for the 2016-17 season. The 10,000 line the drive needs to hit seems relatively low. Expansion teams almost always have a...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Does the World Cup signify a new day for hockey at ESPN?

ESPN and hockey fans have come to a mutual understanding since the self-proclaimed worldwide leader stopped televising NHL games more than a decade ago – ESPN doesn’t need the NHL, and the NHL has realized it can get along just fine without ESPN. In many ways, the NHL hasn’t just survived away from the ESPN machine, it has thrived.  Stanley Cup ratings have never been...
Via Awful Announcing
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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