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When All is Said And Done, Bettman Will Get A Deal Done For Sochi Winter Olympics

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

A modest prediction now that the 2010 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament is in the books: Four years from now, in Sochi, the NHL will be back with full participation - even if commissioner Gary Bettman is publicly dragging his heels over making a commitment now.

It isn’t just because the NHL got its preferred final either. Canada against the United States for the gold medal guaranteed fabulous television ratings and garnered interest in the sport across North America. (NBC even televised it live on the West Coast. That’s progress.)

Remember, Bettman is two things primarily: a lawyer and a skilled negotiator. It was his ability to craft deals that ultimately got him the job in the first place.

As a negotiator, Bettman is not about to give anything away he could potentially use as a chip - not with new collective bargaining agreement talks coming in 2012.

continued

added 6:14am on 3/2/10, A few comments about a misleading headline and I agree, sorry for the confusion.  I changed the headline to stop the confusion.

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