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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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d ca's avatar


I don’t know of any other way to describe Buttman getting into a place dedicated to fans.

#1 Has anyone’s hockey tickets gone down in price due to the lockouts or lost season?

“The fact of the matter is, more than a majority of our teams would use the opportunity of economic stability to lower their ticket prices,” Bettman said (in 2004 to justify the lockout).

Q. Are you prepared to make any sort of assurance to fans that if there is cost certainty, if you achieve your goals in the C.B.A., that there will be some cost certainty in terms of ticket prices, as well? In a lot of cities, it’s more supply and demand than it is revenues.

COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: I’m going to answer your question, but I’m really glad we are not getting bogged down on collective bargaining on All Star Weekend.

Every market is different. Every club’s ticket pricing structure is different. We’ve actually had some teams that have recently lowered ticket prices. I believe that our current economic system has been inflationary, not only with respect to our expenses, but with respect to ticket prices, as well. And I do believe there is a direct link.

With the right economic system we can take the pressure off of ticket prices, and I believe with the right economic system, many, if not most of our teams, will actually lower ticket prices. I believe we owe it to our fans to have affordable ticket prices.

#2 He forced economic parity down the NHL’s throat at the expense of the Red Wings. Got a good team that’s economically sound. Oh well, expansion and the 100% owner split expansion fee are more important even if they have to be subsidized by the big market teams. How to further punish those big market owners that behave like fans instead of corporations: implement a salary cap.

#3 He refused to listen to fans in Detroit about how late start times particularly 10 & 10:35 pm and playoff games that went to 2 am on weekdays were issues for a team located in the Eastern Time Zone.

#4 He moved a bitter rival away from the division. Toronto fans could be seen with a good pair of binoculars from just outside Joe Louis. He didn’t care. Instead he was like, why don’t we move the two teams away from each other?

#5 His quest for TV revenue ended the ability to watch Detroit as the home team on CBC Windsor broadcasts.

#6 Did I mention the lockout year?

#7 Did you know he was an NBA guy and a David Stern slackly? seriously deputy he was NBA general counsel. Where he specialized in collective-bargaining and brought about corporate owners and corporate season ticket/suite holders. Good luck getting close to the ice in a lot of cities.

#8 “A causal link between concussions and CTE has not been demonstrated” and “the relationship between concussion and the asserted clinical symptoms of CTE remains unknown.” Said the lawyer that all but eliminated fighting from the game. Two-faced enough for you?

Posted by d ca on 09/04/19 at 11:45 PM ET

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