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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There’s a picture of the New York Rangers from 1995, the year the reigning Stanley Cup champions made the traditional visit to the White House.

“You’ve got the Cup, and you’ve got Bill Clinton, and you’ve got Mark Messier, and then off to the side, there’s this guy with dark hair, and you barely notice him,” says former Rangers goalie Glenn Healy. “It was Gary Bettman.

“I know where he’d be today with the Cup. He really has built a pretty big empire for our sport.”

Bettman has been commissioner of the National Hockey League for 25 years. In that time:

- A league with 24 teams has grown to 31;
- A league generating about $400 million of revenue annually pockets close to $5 billion;
- A league without a television deal in the United States that guaranteed every playoff game was available now has one;
- The average salary of a player has risen from $370,000 US to $3.2 million.

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Paul's avatar

From the in-depth article,

Jerry Moyes knows what it’s like to cross Gary Bettman.

The former owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, Moyes tried to sell his money-losing team to BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie, who had visions of moving the club to Hamilton.

Bettman dug in his heels.

“He’s a little banty rooster,” says Moyes. “It’s his way or the roadway. No matter whose idea it is, it’s his idea and that’s the way it’s going to be. He was bound and determined that the Coyotes would stay here. The math just don’t work.”

 

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/31/18 at 06:28 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“He’s a little banty rooster,” says Moyes.

I’m no Gary fan, but… I have to admit when I read someone using a phrase like “little banty rooster” I can’t help but think Bettman did the right thing in opposing the vision of such a person.

Posted by Primis on 01/31/18 at 07:11 PM ET

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