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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.


Watch the interview below.

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Steeb's avatar

There are a multitude of problems with any kind of dealings with China which I won’t get into here. But if Gary thinks that the way to grow the game in China is to not send NHL players to the Beijing Olympics, he’s completely round-the-bend crazy.

Posted by Steeb on 10/17/19 at 12:21 PM ET

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