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Hockey Fans Stunned after Gary Bettman Wins Major Accolade

Whatever sports fans may think—and it seems a sizable portion of them can’t stand him—NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is still regarded as one of the finest in the business. The 70-year-old has received the Sports Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As you can expect, the response from fans has been overwhelmingly negative.

SBJ said Bettman has used his talent to turn the NHL into a business powerhouse.

“The longest-serving commissioner in sports history, Bettman has spent 30 years atop the NHL using his many talents and his forceful powers of persuasion to build the league into a modern business powerhouse”

Following the announcement, a number of fans emphasized Bettman’s priority for money over everything else, including the game’s traditional elements.

If anyone thinks the NHL might be looking to make a change, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who pre-dates Bettman in the NHL, made it clear in the article that he has a lot of support, and it’s because he prioritized profits.

“The game today is a business. The game when he came in was not. That’s the biggest thing I can say for him. We had problems that would have closed us down. And the game today is very viable and the [franchise] values have gone up many, many fold. We have a going business today. We did not have one then.”

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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