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Audio/Video- Gary Bettman On The Options Available When The NHL Returns

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Check out the full interview, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central a day after the league paused the season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, to discuss why every and all option is still open for how to handle the remainder of this campaign once given the green light to return to play.


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The Topics Gary Bettman Discussed Last Night

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Here are a list of five things we learned from Bettman’s media availability:

A decision on the NHL’s participation in the 2022 Olympics will be made on a timetable established by the NHL and the NHL alone

Bettman was asked about recent comments from IIHF president Rene Fasel about needing an answer from the NHL by August. The commissioner didn’t mince words.

“He also said last summer that he wanted an answer by December, and he didn’t get one,” said Bettman. “So we’re going to have to see. I actually think that the deadline is really more one that we would have to impose in terms of logistics. My guess is if at a point in time we said we wanted to go and we could handle the timing of it, my guess is the IIHF could as well.

“That doesn’t mean that I don’t take Rene seriously, but he already gave us one deadline that came and went.”

So when is the NHL’s deadline?

“I don’t know. I’ll know it when I see it, when we get there,” Bettman said....

Puck and player tracking is nearly a reality

The puck and player tracking that you’re seeing on Sportsnet and NBC broadcasts from all-star weekend will be up and running by the playoffs, according to Bettman.

The league then intends to have it fully operational for the entire 2020-21 season — giving fans access to a whole treasure trove of information about the sport with the help of chips planted in each player’s sweater and the puck.

“It’ll be, as a fan and a viewer, what you want it to be,” said Bettman. “You’ll be able to watch the game as you’ve always watched it traditionally if that’s what you want. There’ll be broadcast enhancements that the broadcasters can use either on the primary screen or on secondary screens....

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Video- Gary Bettman With His State Of The NHL At The ASG

Some of the topics include puck technology (expected for the playoffs), Olympics, CBA talks and more.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,


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Video- Gary Bettman On China, Social Media And More

from Jabari Young of CNBC,

The National Hockey League is relying on the “good judgment” of its players as it expands overseas, particularly in China, and positions itself in the U.S. to profit from the newly legalized gambling here,  Commissioner Gary Bettman said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Wednesday.

The feud between the NBA and China hasn’t had any blow back on the NHL so far. NBA players can’t seem to avoid offending fans or politicians, no matter what they say...

Bettman was asked if it was a good idea to continue expanding in China, given the fragile relationship with the U.S. right now. Selecting his words carefully, the commissioner responded: “When you’re dealing in foreign countries, geopolitical issues can impact your business, and you have to be mindful of that.

“We probably have the most international player base of any of the sports,” Bettman added. “And to the extent we can do business internationally, we do it, and when there are impediments to it, we either pivot or choose another course. There are no hard and fast rules in terms of how you do it.”

He said the NHL hasn’t has adopted a social media policy for its executives and players in light of the NBA’s plight in China, saying the NHL hasn’t issued a “memoranda” on the matter.

“We rely on the good judgment of all of our on-ice and off-ice personnel to do what they think is sensible and responsible,” Bettman said, adding the league is “overwhelmingly proud” of the way players conduct themselves.


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Gary Bettman Is Going Into The U.S Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com

To appreciate why NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, consider this:

Commissioner Bettman will be inducted with Brian Gionta, Neal Henderson, Tim Thomas and Krissy Wendell in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12. Less than three weeks later, the Nashville Predators will play the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Before Commissioner Bettman took office Feb. 1, 1993, the NHL didn't have teams in Nashville or Dallas. College football owned New Year's Day in the United States. Now, the Predators and Stars will play in an iconic college football venue Jan. 1 before some 80,000 fans and a national TV audience on NBC.

Who would have imagined years ago that tickets would sell out in hours to an outdoor hockey game deep in the heart of Texas between teams from southern cities?

Commissioner Bettman won the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2001 and made the Hockey Hall of Fame last year. This is a natural.


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Video- Gary Bettman With Ron MacLean

via Sportsnet,

Ron McLean spoke with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the officiating in the playoffs, if they'll change video review and more.


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Gary Bettman On Video Review And Other Topics

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So it turns out NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is just as flummoxed and frustrated with all the controversy around video review and officiating as everyone else is. The only difference, of course, is he’s actually in a position to do something about it.

When asked what he thought in Game 3 of the Western Conference final when a hand pass led to the overtime goal, Bettman responded with some rare non-lawyerspeak candor. “What I thought was it would be good if I kept my head from exploding,” Bettman said. “I was unhappy. We all were. If you ask the officials on the ice, they weren’t happy. If you ask (director of officiating) Stephen Walkom, he wasn’t happy. Colin Campbell and hockey operations, they weren’t happy. I know Bill (deputy commissioner Daly) was unhappy. We were all unhappy.”

Bettman knew the main topic of conversation would be around video review and what the league will do about it moving forward and he got out in front of the story, saying the league will conduct a complete review this off-season with an eye to likely making changes to the process. It’s pretty clear, though, that the league doesn’t have a lot of interest in moving backward on this, which means if anything it will be expanded. With that said, it will not be to the point where everything will be subject to review.

continued plus more topics discussed by Bettman...

added 10:03pm, Watch Bettman on video review below.

added 10:34pm, Watch Bettman's opening remarks below.

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Afternoon Line- Gary Bettman On The Ottawa Senators And Eugene Melnyk


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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Ted Lindsay

NEW YORK (March 4, 2019) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Ted Lindsay:

The National Hockey League mourns the passing and celebrates the incomparable life of the legendary Ted Lindsay. One of the game’s fiercest competitors during his 17-season NHL career, he was among its most beloved ambassadors throughout the more than five decades of service to hockey that followed his retirement. In Detroit, he was a civic icon.

What Lindsay lacked in physical stature, he possessed in intensity, desire and will to win. He played 1,068 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 379 goals with 472 assists and 1,808 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 All-Star Games and was named a First-Team All-Star eight times. He won the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring leader in 1950 and, as a driving force on the dynastic Red Wings teams of the 1950s – including as the left wing on the famed Production Line – he won the Stanley Cup four times.

Named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, he had his No. 7 retired by the Red Wings in 1991 and was named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017. As influential off the ice as he was on the ice, Lindsay was instrumental in the formation of the NHL Players’ Association. In 2010, NHL players displayed their reverence for him by renaming their annual award for the most outstanding player the Ted Lindsay Award.

There was no one quite like Ted Lindsay. We send our condolences to Ted’s children Blake, Lynn and Meredith, his stepdaughter Leslie, his six grandchildren and his three great grandchildren and join them in marveling at his incredible life.

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Video- Ron MacLean With Gary Bettman

via Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sat down with Ron MacLean to talk about growing diversity in hockey, the new tracking technology and the CBA.


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Live Stream- Gary Bettman Press Conference From The All-Star Weekend In San Jose

The event is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm ET.

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Another Hall Of Fame Induction For Gary Bettman

from NHL.com,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday to celebrate his more than a quarter-century of raising the game's profile on television and for the pioneering work the League has done under his leadership.

"This (honor) is a testament to progress and innovations our game has made and on my 26-year journey with and through the broadcast industry -- it is really about the people I've met along the way," Commissioner Bettman said in his induction speech.

Commissioner Bettman pointed to the 10-year broadcasting and media rights deal the NHL signed with NBC on April 19, 2011 as a big step for the League. 


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Videos- Hockey Hall Of Fame Induction Speeches

First up Martin. St. Louis, below Martin Brodeur, Wilie O'Ree and Gary Bettman.


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Gary Bettman Goes Into The Hockey Hall of Fame On Monday

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Bobby Orr believes another National Hockey League lockout is coming in 2020.

And if Orr is correct, Monday’s enshrinement of Gary Bettman in the builders category of the Hockey Hall of Fame will seem more ludicrous than it does right now.

The timing for Bettman and the Hall just doesn’t seem right. Maybe some day it might be.

You can make a strong case for Bettman as a Hall of Famer.

And you can make almost as strong a case that the 18-member voting committee of the Hall should have delayed its voting on Bettman, waiting until his career was over or close to ending.


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Gary Bettman On The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrnington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have not been in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2011, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is like most observers from around the league: He's expecting that cycle to finally change.

"By all appearances, the team is on an upward spiral," Bettman said when asked by The Buffalo News during the first intermission of Tuesday night's Kraft Hockeyville exhibition against Columbus in Clinton Arena. "All of these things happen in cycles. You look at the young talent they have and the moves they made over the summer — among those acquiring Jeff Skinner — I think the team is being rebuilt in the right way."

Bettman praised owners Terry and Kim Pegula for their continued commitment to finding the right solution for their team.

"I assure you nobody wants to win more than they do," he said. "And they want to win for the fans in Buffalo. It's something I remember Terry saying from the very first time I met him.


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Gary Bettman Will Be Inducted Into The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

via NHL.com,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Bettman was one of 11 professionals from across the industry named to the 2018 induction class, which was announced Thursday. They will be honored at a ceremony at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on Dec. 11.

"This year's class continues our strong tradition of honoring those in our industry who have made a difference both in front of and behind the camera and even in the executive board rooms," said Ken Aagaard, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame chairman.

The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame induction will come a month after Bettman is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 12.

Among those joining Bettman in the 2018 class are tennis commentator Mary Carillo, longtime NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas, sports documentarian Bud Greenspan, veteran broadcaster Jim Nantz and ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale.

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Gary Bettman Is Elected To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 26, 2018) – The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was elected to be inducted as a member of the Class of 2018.

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Afternoon Line- Ken Campbell

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Afternoon Line- Ken Dryden On Concussions

For Gary Bettman, this can still be a huge win. It’s easy for any of us to see what’s wrong, even to see what’s right. What’s hard is to do right. Gary Bettman is the one who can do right, and only he can. The achievement would be his. A game that’s just as exciting to play and to watch, where the number of life-transforming head injuries to its players is drastically reduced. If he does help move the league to take these steps: no hits to the head — no excuses — some will say, sure, but it took him so long. Yet a few months after that others will say, and say rightly, yes, but at least he did act. That’s what matters.

-Ken Dryden at The Athletic where you can read more ($$$) on this topic.

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Gary Bettman On The State Of The NHL Plus Bill Daly Joins Q & A

transcript provided by the NHL PR department

GARY BETTMAN: Welcome to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. On this Memorial Day, as we gather for the crowning event of our season, we also pause to thank and honor the brave men and women of the military who sacrifice their lives in the service of their country.

Before Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and I take questions, I’d like to take care of a little business. First, I congratulate the Washington Capitals, who by virtue of their Game 7 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last Wednesday earned the Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1998. In the playing seasons since 1998, 11 different franchises have won the Stanley Cup, 10 others have reached the final, and all 31 NHL franchises have made the Playoffs, yet another reflection of our incomparable competitive balance.

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Morning Line- Jeremy Jacobs

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Video- Gary Bettman On Legal Sports Betting

via CNBC,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about the Supreme Court’s recent decision that opened up sports betting across the country.

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Afternoon Line- Erik Lief On The NHL And Concussions

Apparently, there's little doubt that Bettman's public denials are strategic, so as not to expose the NHL to a flood of litigation from injured former players and the families of late players, a scenario that eventually swamped the NFL to the tune of roughly $1 Billion. But considering how much we continually learn about the effects of hits to the head, brain trauma and CTE, it's now fair to ask: How much longer can Bettman keep up this ostrich routine?

-Erik Lief of the American Council On Science And Health where you can read more on the concussion topic.

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Video- Gary Bettman On The “Tweak” Made To Goalie Interference And More Topics

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Gary Bettman On The Financial Situation In Calgary

via the CP at TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Calgary Flames' financial situation "continues to deteriorate" as the team continues to operate out of the aging Scotiabank Saddledome but maintained his position that he doesn't foresee the situation changing soon.

Bettman spoke to reporters in Calgary as part of his Western Canadian tour.

He said he wasn't there to make threats, yet he painted a bleak picture of the Flames' financial future if it continues to operate out of the NHL's oldest building.

Bettman said the Flames used to contribute to the NHL's revenue-sharing program, but have become increasingly reliant on it of late.

He said if the current situation continues it could affect the Flames' competitiveness and financial stability.

You can watch Bettman talking about Calgary at TSN.

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Gary Bettman On The 2022 Olympics

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

“I don’t know that we want to go to China,” Bettman said Friday of the 2022 Games in Beijing while speaking on a panel at the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. “I think going to the Olympics is incredibly disruptive on a season.”...

While it appears Bettman and the league are still hesitant to allow their players to take time away from the NHL to participate in the international tournament, the commissioner did present one alternate option for the IOC.

“I’ve asked the IOC, I said ‘Why don’t you put us in the summer?’” Bettman said. “You know, just for you history buffs, that the first participation of hockey in the Olympics was in 1920 in Antwerp in the Summer Games. We’d be happy to go in the summer.

“I’m sure the players would be thrilled to go in the summer.”


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The Business Side Of Gary Bettman

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

As for the business: Bettman won the lockouts, a cancelled Stanley Cup aside, so owners have a better chance to make money. But the league’s transactions involving significant players have largely frozen up. (Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, and even Carey Price should all be given the chance to prove this wrong.) Bettman has built a league where fun is either awkward or discouraged, where personality is stamped down, where the game itself just isn’t as interesting as it could be, or should be. It’s so often small thinking, me-first thinking, change-the-rules-on-long-tail-contracts thinking. John Scott was the best thing to happen to the all-star game in decades, and the league responded by making sure it would never happen again.

Global development is a loss leader, so it’s been a failure. Hockey has become the only sport on earth that cannot figure out a way to send any variation of best-on-best to the Olympics. You can argue over whether it’s the International Olympic Committee’s fault, or the International Ice Hockey Federation’s fault, or the NHL Players’ Association’s fault, or the NHL’s fault. The answer to that question is probably yes.

There are people who will tell you the death of Philadelphia owner and Comcast boss Ed Snider changed the balance among owners to the Jeremy Jacobs and Boston Bruins school of What’s In It For Me Right Now. But it lands on Bettman’s ledger more than anybody’s.


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Your NHL Commissioner

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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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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Gary Bettman Today

Nick Cotsonika has been tweeting up a storm from the 10th Annual PrimeTime Sport Management Conference in Toronto today.

Gary Bettman, Bill Daley, Brian Burke and others are speaking today.

This from Bettman via Nick's tweets,

Bettman said if you're going to have an international business strategy, you have to have events. NHL has to work with NHLPA. NHL hopes to have a regular presence internationally.

Bettman said ultimately the clubs believe the Olympics are too disruptive to the season and IOC doesn't allow the NHL to promote that it is there.

Bettman points out the Olympics have different effects on different teams, depending on how many players they send.

Bettman said if a Winter Olympics comes back to North America, he's not saying the NHL would go, but it would change the equation. 

Two keys for NHL on Olympics: disruption to season, lack of control and promotion of someone else's tournament.

Bettman said the NHL, at least at 10,000 feet, is committed to doing World Cups on a regular basis.

There is more, so check out Nick's twitter feed.

added 11:14am, Emily Kaplan has been tweeting too...


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Gary Bettman And The Calgary Mayor

from Rick Bell of the Calgary Sun,

NHL commish Gary Bettman dishes the inside scoop on a mid-March sitdown he had with Nenshi and the mayor’s chief of staff.

It is in that closed-door conversation Bettman says he asked Nenshi a question and got an answer surprising and disappointing the commissioner.

“We were talking about the type of deal that was and wasn’t doable,” says Bettman.

“At one point I said: Let me ask you a question. I wasn’t being threatening. I wanted to understand. What happens if the end result of this is the Flames have to move?”

“And you know what the mayor said to me? So they’ll move.”...

Nenshi responds upon hearing of Bettman recounting the mid-March meeting.

He says his recollection is “somewhat different.”

“It is fair to say he wasn’t making any overt threats. But he certainly did say: You know, if you screw this up the Flames are going to leave and that is going to be miserable and it’ll destroy your city,” says Nenshi.

“I remember very well saying to him: That would be an awful outcome but it’s not going to destroy my city.

“He intimated it is the end of a political career if you lose a hockey team. I said: Be that as it may, we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to make the right and the fair deal for taxpayers.”


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Gary Bettman On A Few Topics, Twitter Style

Yesterday the commissioners from the four major North America sports leagues were at an event and did a Q & A.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal tweeted these comments from Gary Bettman-

NHL commish Bettman: "We've had challenges with our union for as long as I've been commissioner."

NHL commish Bettman: "Historically, we have been underserved by traditional media."

NHL commish Bettman: The concern is making sure that millennials and Gen Z continue to want to watch team sports.

NHL commish Bettman: We're a small part of betting compared to football and basketball...I don't worry about fixing games.

Moderator Zaslav: How do you deal with violence in sports? NHL commish Bettman: You mean physicality, not violence.

NHL commish Bettman: The issue of fisticuffs in hockey gets overblown. It's an extremely small part of the game.

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Video- Gary Bettman Is Your Host For The 2017 NHL Draft

via NHL.com,

Hear what Commissioner Gary Bettman has to say to some of the newest members of the NHL, as he's mic'd up for the NHL Draft.


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Live Stream- Gary Bettman Press Conference

Below, watch the Gary Bettman press conference from Pittsburgh schedulet to begin at 5:30pm 6:00pm  ET.

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Video- Ring The Bell Mr. Bettman

The Nasdaq this morning.


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Once Again Gary Bettman On The Olympics, “We’re Not Going”

from Joe Knowles of the Chicago Tribune,

Even if the International Olympic Committee sweetens its offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists that his league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

"We're not going," Bettman said Friday during his annual meeting with a group of sports editors at league headquarters. "That decision has been made."

The issues on the table included insurance and travel expenses for players, and the IOC appeared to be willing to soften its stance on both. But Bettman said who pays for what is just part of the equation.

"We're not anti-Olympics," Bettman said. "We're anti-disruption."


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Gary Bettman Did Not Get The Job Done

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the NHL announced last week it would not permit its players to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the news was disappointing but not surprising. The league had been swinging that stick for a while and opted to get the unpleasantness out of the way before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Gary Bettman isn't an easy repository for pity, but the commissioner did find himself caught in an untenable position between owners who hate the Olympic tournament and players who love it. And guess who he works for?

A stronger commissioner might have been able to massage the situation, convincing owners that a 16-day annoyance every four years is less trouble in the long run than the public relations gaffe of taking a strong stand against patriotism and the flag - in this case, many flags.

Bettman has been a willing attack dog for management in several collective bargaining disputes - to the point of canceling an entire season - so, again, it wasn't a shock he took his puck and went home after the league was unable to wring concessions from both the International Olympic Committee and the players association, concessions he probably understood would never be made.


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Gary Bettman Talked Olympics Tonight On Sportsnet

from Emly Sadler of Sportsnet,

“NHL clubs have not wanted to go to the Olympics and we have been saying that for months if not years,” said Bettman. “All we’ve done is confirmed it.”

“There are lots and lots of opportunities for us to grow the game internationally and they’re not dependent on us shutting down in the middle of the season to go to the Olympics.”...

“NHL clubs don’t like having to shut down at a critical part of the season and disrupt our season for anything, let alone a situation where we’re not given an opportunity to promote our presence,” he said.

The commissioner also pointed out that while Olympic attendance has been included in past collective bargaining agreements with the players' association, it is not part of the current CBA.

“We’ve tried it, but it doesn’t work,” Bettman said, citing the previous five Olympics games in which NHLers have competed.

“Not only has it not done anything for our game, particularly here in North America where our franchises play, it’s been damaging to the seasons in terms of the competitiveness, in terms of the compression of the seasons, and injuries to players.”

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Examining the Arizona Coyotes’ situation

With all the chatter surrounding the Arizona Coyotes and their contentious relationship with the City of Glendale, someone who knows the situation has weighed in on it, and if you're truly interested in the Coyotes' future, Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan breaks down the situation in an even-handed manner:

Nobody is blameless in the latest war of words between the NHL, the Coyotes and the city of Glendale — a conflict at least eight years old that has drawn state lawmakers into the fray.

The hard truth for the team is that it has produced four winning seasons, three playoffs berths and two playoff series wins in 13 seasons in the West Valley location that welcomed it when nobody else would. Winning sells in any market, but it’s especially important in one as fickle as Phoenix. Repetitive losing is an unwise investment of fans’ dollars and emotions.

In 13 seasons in Glendale, the Coyotes have endured poor ownership from Steve Ellman and Jerry Moyes, coaching from Wayne Gretzky, poor drafts, poor development of those draft picks, poor management from general manager Mike Barnett, an attempt by Moyes to put the team into bankruptcy in 2009, four years of frugal league ownership. There’s also been an endless and sometimes comical carousel of ownership suitors from Jim Balsillie, Matthew Hulsizer and Jerry Reinsdorf, to Greg Jamison and Darin Pastor (remember him?).

There was a protracted sale to IceArizona, some missteps by the new and inexperienced ownership group, and now a long-needed rebuild whose architects are suffering in the shadows cast by their predecessors. The past is haunting the Coyotes, even if none of its current actors is responsible for it.


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Jakub Voracek peeved about NHL’s Olympic stance

From TSN and CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio:

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek pulled no punches when it came to the increasing likelihood that National League Hockey players won't be taking part in next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"Absolutely ridiculous," Voracek told CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio on Thursday of the situation.

As it stands, the NHL won't be releasing its players for the Games that get underway on February 9. During this past week's general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, league commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that there was no appetite from the teams to participate, despite interest from the players.

"Unless something changes we're not going," deputy commissioner Bill Daly added to the Canadian Press.  "We've said that consistently for three months so there's nothing new about that."

Voracek, who has represented his native Czech Republic nine times internationally including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, found that tack to be unaccpetable.

"We have it once every four years," Voracek said. "I read something that Bill Daly said we're not going. Nobody wants you to go. The players want to go. Why you're saying you're not going? You're not part of the players association. ... Nobody wants you there. They want the players."

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Topics Of Interest From Gary Bettman’s Media Conference Today

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Bettman all but squashed thoughts of having advertisements on hockey jerseys, like the NBA will do with its jerseys as a pilot program starting with the 2017-18 season.

“It would take an unusual circumstance for us to even think about it,” Bettman said.

In regard to the NHL schedule, Bettman said they are looking at changing the “bye week” that was implemented this season and give half the league a bye week and then the other half a bye on another week.

Bettman liked the buzz that helped Los Angeles secure this weekend’s All-Star festivities, the first such weekend at Staples Center since 2002. He noted the growth of hockey in California in regard to the increase of registered players in the state, from 3,400 in 1981 to 17,000 in 2002 to 28,000 currently.

Bettman denied speculation that the Carolina Hurricanes are for sale amid reports that owner Peter Karmanos is open to selling the team.


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CTE project’s wife on NHL denial: ‘It feels like a slap in the face..’

TSN's RIck Westhead discusses the NHL's denial of CTE with Scott Parker and Dani Probert:

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Classic Gary Bettman

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Gary Bettman will be surrounded by the bright lights and velvet tables of the gambling capital of the world next Tuesday for the ballyhooed unveiling of the team name of the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise.

The perfect place for The Man With The Poker Face.

When Bettman sits down at the table — negotiating table, not card table — he is lethal in the realm of not showing one's hand. At least in public anyway.

But you know something is there. You know something is coming. You know something is up the NHL commissioner's sleeve.

And so, realistically, was anyone really surprised at the news that Bettman seems to have finally put his cards on the table when it comes to the participation of NHLers in the 2018 Olympics?

If so, shame on you.


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Giving Gary Bettman Credit In Pittsburgh

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

It's been called “The House Sid Got Built.” And it's true that Consol Energy Center might not exist, let alone stand as the center of the hockey universe Wednesday night, were it not for a pingpong ball delivering Sidney Crosby to the Penguins.

But even before that fortuitous bounce almost a dozen years ago, somebody else preserved our city as an NHL town. It happened when Sid was still “The Next One” and Mario Lemieux was skating on “the last one” (as in healthy hips).

Just so happens, too, that this somebody still won't own up to all he did to keep “Pittsburgh” in front of the Penguins.

I'm talking about Gary Bettman.


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Video- Gary Bettman On Social Media, Streaming And Media Rights

via Financial Advisor,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discusses supplementing league exposure on social media, live streaming of games, and looking forward to the league's next media rights agreement.

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Afternoon Line- Gary Bettman

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Legal news: NHLPA files complaint re: Wideman suspension; Predators’ ownership issues NHL’s problem

Today's legal news comes from Reuters...

The NHL’s players union on Friday urged a U.S. court not to grant Commissioner Gary Bettman broad power to override arbitrators when deciding how severely to discipline players for improper on-ice conduct.

Citing a recent appeals court ruling against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NHL Players’ Association said Bettman should not be allowed to restore a 20-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman, after an arbitrator cut the ban to 10 games.

The NHL had sued to revive the longer suspension on June 8, contending that the arbitrator reviewing the matter under the league’s collective agreement was not “neutral,” and ignored substantial evidence justifying the original ban.

But in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the NHLPA said Wideman’s 10-game ban should stand.

Citing the April 25 court ruling restoring Brady’s four-game suspension from the NFL for deflating footballs, the union said federal courts have only “narrowly circumscribed” authority to review labor arbitration decisions.

“A federal court may not require perfection in arbitration awards,” the union said. “The court must simply ensure that the arbitrator was even arguably construing or applying the contract and acting within the scope of his authority and did not ignore the plain language of the contract. There can be no credible dispute that this was the case here.”

And the Associated Press:

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NHL preparing to ensure that first openly gay player can focus on the game

The Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the You Can Play Project's Patrick Burke about the inevitable moment that the NHL welcomes an openly gay player to the fold:

The NHL is preparing. It backed up its words of encouragement with action in that direction in April when it suspended former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw for a playoff game after Shaw was caught on camera directing a homophobic slur at an official. Bettman said he was hoping to send a message to the rest of the league that his office would not tolerate the use of that word.

"You want to eliminate the use of the word, but the fact is, what you do in response to set the right tone in terms of what's acceptable is more important than the word itself," Bettman said. "So making clear, in a strong, clear prompt way that this is not acceptable I hope transcends the use of the word itself. I mean, the word is symbolic and the suspension was symbolic, but what I'm hoping the suspension relayed to people was that type of belief, that kind of culture is not acceptable in the NHL."

Bettman said he has not heard from any closeted players in the league, but Burke said the You Can Play Project has heard from some. As for the theories about why no former or current players are out, one holds water with Burke.

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The NHL Will Come Up With “An Enduring Testament To Gordie” Howe

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

For days, Commissioner Bettman has heard suggestions from fans and those inside hockey for ways to honor Howe, who truly was a pioneer of the game for his sensational performance on the ice and exemplary manners and generosity off it.

Some, including Wayne Gretzky, have been quoted as saying Howe's No. 9 should be retired from the game forever, as Gretzky's No. 99 was retired on Feb. 6, 2000 at the NHL's 50th All-Star Game. Others have suggested all 30 NHL teams wear a No. 9 patch on their jerseys next season.

"We're going to come up with something that's an enduring testament to Gordie," Commissioner Bettman said Thursday from his office in New York. "There will be something that appropriately celebrates his life and creates a lasting tribute to his immortality. It will be something that will be special and enduring and permanent."

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Gary Bettman Met With The Media Today Before Game 1 Of The SCF

Bill Daly was there too.

Information from a few hockey guys on Twitter (highlights)...

Bob McKenzie...

Bettman says he is "fairly certain" he'll have more definitive word on expansion at the June 22 B of G meeting in Las Vegas. Four options.

Options: 1. No expansion; 2. Expansion but deferred to later date; 3. Expansion by 1 team; 4. expansion by 2 teams.

Chris Johnston...

Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are no longer aggressively trying to sell the #pens, per Gary Bettman.

Bill Daly says "I wouldn't rule it out" when asked about whether there'll be ads on sweaters at the World Cup.

Pierre LeBrun...

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