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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

As the National Hockey League embarks on a two-week hiatus for its stars to compete for national glory in Sochi, we sit down with commissioner Gary Bettman to briefly chat about Steven Stamkos, future outdoor games, the 12-year Rogers rights deal, and why the heck he was giving Gene Simmons a piggyback ride.

Most of the discussion surrounding the 12-year Rogers-NHL deal has focused on the television broadcast. What are your online plans for the next few years?

Online has become and will become even more important than it’s been. Millions are consuming their video content online as opposed to watching traditional television. We’re going to see as the devices continue to evolve – and there are devices going to be created that we don’t even know about yet – people, particularly young, tech-savvy people, are going to consume their media in a variety of different ways, and we’re going to make sure we’re responsive to what they want.

Is there a reason why the league’s website tends to shy away from showing fights or controversial goals?

We don’t shy away from anything. I know people say that and write it, but if it’s there, it’s available. You get it from us; you get it from YouTube. There’s no shying away. I know that’s a perception, but it’s not an accurate one.


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TreKronor's avatar

Is there anything you’d like to improve about the outdoor games? Any area of execution you need to work on?

The outdoor games were great. We played to over 100,000 people in the snow, in 13-degree [Fahrenheit] temperature in the snow in the Big House in Michigan; two games at Yankee Stadium with over 100,000 people [combined]. It couldn’t have been better; and the game in L.A. at Dodger Stadium was magical. We’re having an extraordinary month.

There is hardly a time in a person’s life they can put on an event and say, “it couldn’t have been better.”  Particularly when one is talking about an event of this magnitude.

But Bettman finds a way to show his ignorance.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/10/14 at 02:56 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Mr. Bettman, sir. Why is it that it’s called GameCenter Live when it’s usually a full two minutes behind the actual live broadcast of any particular game? Shouldn’t it be called “GameCenter KindaLive” instead?

Seriously. He mentions the growing number of people who are consuming video content online, and yet there’s nothing being done about how horrible GameCenter Live lags behind a broadcast. When I can watch a game and a Twitter feed, and a beat reporter beats GCL to an in-game event, something is wrong with GCL.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/10/14 at 04:15 PM ET

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