Gary Bettman

Interview Highlights

–  “Our league has never been stronger in terms of where our franchises are, who owns them, and what the fan support is. We continue to set records each year for attendance and for revenues.”

– “The game we play is the best its ever been…we have incredible competitive balance, probably the best competitive balance in professional sports…the future is the brightest its ever been.”

About Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman National Hockey League Commissioner (1993-present). NHL governors selected Gary Bettman to become the league’s first commissioner, starting on February 1, 1993. Since Bettman started as commissioner, the league has enjoyed tremendous success and growth. Led by Bettman, the league focused expansion and relocation efforts on the American South, working to expand the league’s footprint across the country. Bettman quickly accomplished one of his stated goals, signing a five-year, $155 million deal with the Fox Broadcasting Company to broadcast NHL games nationally beginning in the 1994–95 season. As a result, there has been significant growth in the sport of hockey at the grassroots level with children in the U.S. South playing the game in increasing numbers.

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