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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s Announcement Brings Optimism to the League’s Future

When you consider the Arizona Coyotes, who not only drain off money but also play in a local arena and are homeless, the NHL and especially Gary Bettman lose a lot of respect.

Although it’s a serious embarrassment for professional sports, the commissioner is still making every effort to keep the team in Arizona.

But Bettman hasn’t been running the League for the past 30 years for nothing. This year, the NHL expects to earn almost $6 billion in revenue.

Bettman: “We think we’re approaching $6 billion in hockey-related revenues for this year, that’s an estimate, we still have beans to count. He looks at Bill Daly, they’re both smiling at each other with pride.”

Let’s just say that Bettman and Daly were quite proud to announce this news on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final, during Media Day.

Before the first game of the SCF, we questioned NHL commissioner Bettman about his self-evaluation of how to diversify the predominantly white fan base of the league. Bettman claimed that since attendance and TV ratings are higher, things are getting better.

We also enquired about Bettman’s thoughts on how Las Vegas had affected the league. He made reference of the team’s status as Las Vegas’ “darling” and how terrific of an addition it is to the NHL.

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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