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  CBC Sports Online: Faceoff 2004: Who's who: Gary Bettman
Bettman began his tenure on Feb. 1, 1993.
Bettman's election to the post was a bit controversial.
Bettman's strategy to "grow the game" has also made it difficult for hockey to survive in Canadian markets.
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  Gary Bettman (1993-Present)
Bettman a lawyer by trade, worked as a senior executive in the NBA league office for 12 years before joining the NHL, was an unpopular choice among hockey traditionalist, who charged from the start that making money, and not the love of the game was motivating Gary Bettman.
Gary Bettman also had to deal with labor strife within his first few years in office as the owners who were unhappy with the 1992 CBA, voted to the lock the players out at the start of the 1994/95 season.
During Gary Bettmans's tenure the NHL became a global sport as for the first time preseason games were played in Europe and regular season games in Japan, as the NHL started to shut down their season for a few weeks during the Olympics so their players could play in the Winter Games starting in 1998.
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 ESPN.com: NHL - Bettman must find cure for growing pains
Bettman, with years still left on his contract and strong support among NHL governors, has both the time and the opportunity to correct past misjudgments and to set this league on a more profitable course.
Bettman's Olympic plans and the belief that the Olympics could boost the league's image and, ultimately, its TV profile, led his administration to extend the 1995 collective bargaining agreement not once but twice.
Bettman, meanwhile, understands that any agreement signed in the future must have ironclad economic safeguards given the propensity for weak-willed or misguided NHL owners to throw money at players rather than use the tools available in the current agreement to control costs.
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 Fire Bettman .com : Improving the NHL and hockey by removing Gary Bettman.
Gary Bettman and the board of governors met on Tuesday in Chicago to discuss a few important issues facing the NHL.
Gary Bettman has put forth a strong marketing plan of pushing Crosby and Ovechkin as the stars of the league… you would think he would have wanted other teams and fans of those teams throughout the league to see these two stars play in person.
Gary Bettman and the NHL must be paying some attention to our polls here at FireBettman, as the latest poll shows that most fans believe NHL hockey should be televised on ESPN.
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 Hockey Digest: Boom or bust? We evaluate NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's turbulent first decade at the helm of the ...
In 1992, Gary Bettman was working for the NBA as general counsel and senior vice president, working directly under NBA commissioner David Stern.
Bettman's arrival there is one undeniable fact and that is this, clearly there are more youngsters taking up our game at an early age throughout North America, and particularly in the Sun Belt states of the U.S., than ever before.
Bettman's accomplishments reflect his commitment to league-wide stability and emphasize his belief that productive ongoing discourse between the league and the NHLPA is vital.
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 ESPN.com - COMMUNITY - Bettman: 'No plans' for expansion
Gary Bettman: I think the one that has the most intensity over the last few years is Detroit-Colorado which goes back to the series when Claude Lemeiux was involed in a hit that injured Kris Draper.
Gary Bettman: There are two reasons I can't reply; if McSorley wants to resume his career he has to come before me for a hearing and I would have to make the decision, also the trial is still going on.
Gary Bettman: Obviously participation for hockey on ice is much greater in the northern climates although we have seen an increase on inline skates in northern climates.
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 TSN : nhl - Canada's Sports Leader
Bettman reiterated that there is no set date to decide whether or not a season would happen, and the end result is about getting a better deal for the league and its players.
Bettman maintained that ownership is willing to wait as long as necessary to get a deal done that works for the NHL in the long term.
Bettman is posturing because the union is breaking...
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 Tank's Take February 14, 2003
This has been a major failure in Gary Bettman's tenure as Commissioner not only has he stood by and watched two teams move, he has stood by and watched Canada's teams forced to sell off their best players.
However, Garry Bettman's biggest failure as Commissioner is in the arena he was hired to expand, improving the popularity of the NHL in America.
Gary Bettman claims the NHL is not in trouble it is the best of times for his sport.
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 Bettman gushes about game's state - 10/25/05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, says the offensive-minded rules changes and overall parity have helped to lure back fans after the lockout.
Gary Bettman is as optimistic as he's ever been as commissioner of the NHL.
Bettman said rules changes, emphasizing offense, as well as overall parity in the league, have brought fans back to the game.
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 Commissioner Gary Bettman, All-Star Game, Hockey, ASAP Sports FastScripts, Interviews, Quotes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
GARY BETTMAN: The NHLPA and we are on the same page, at least on that issue.
GARY BETTMAN: No, I think the Canadian clubs think that the Board, particularly the small market U.S. teams, and particularly Montreal and Toronto who participate by paying but don't receive, have been very generous and do what can be done under the circumstances.
GARY BETTMAN: Actually what we have found is the last few years each year we have set an attendance record.
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 League, players clash after two bankruptcies - Thursday, 01/16/03   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
On one hand, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is using the turmoil in Buffalo and Ottawa — where both teams have filed for bankruptcy protection in recent weeks — to say that the current collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players is desperately in need of repair.
It's Bettman's conviction that rising player salaries are largely to blame for the poor financial condition of the league.
Bettman wants to negotiate a new agreement before the end of the current agreement and has said he's made a proposal to the NHLPA, a claim the NHLPA refutes.
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 ESPN.com - NHL - NHL players agree to $52M cap; sides still apart   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Even while the negotiations were going on, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had already planned to announce the cancellation of the season Wednesday, a source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday.
Bettman said the sides needed to start putting a deal on paper by last weekend if the NHL was going to hold a 28-game season and a full 16-team playoff.
Bettman had said teams needed to have cost certainty to survive and the only way he could guarantee that was with a salary cap that linked league revenues to player costs.
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 Bettman closer to finding buyer for Sabres - PittsburghLIVE.com
Bettman declined to say how many groups remain interested or provide a timetable of when a potential candidate will be identified.
Bettman made his comments during a news conference at Buffalo's HSBC Arena, hours before the Sabres played the Boston Bruins.
Bettman spent the day in Buffalo meeting with representatives of two ownership groups, one headed by Rochester billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, and another led by Mark Hamister, owner of the Arena Football League's Buffalo Destroyers.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/tribune-review/sports/s_102132.html   (468 words)

 Bettman revisits Selig's blueprint - The Washington Times: Sports   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
But that is precisely where NHL commissioner Gary Bettman finds himself as hockey spirals toward a seemingly inevitable lockout this September.
Despite Bettman's claims to the contrary, hockey's top boss is working from the same labor blueprint used by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Bettman, at least for now, still is aiming for a one-shot deal that will provide an instant panacea for hockey.
www.washtimes.com /sports/20040215-020309-1672r.htm   (830 words)

 Capital News 9 | 24 Hour Local News | SPORTS | NHL sets deadline
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said it is clear to him that if negotiators aren't working on a written document this weekend, he doesn't see how the league can play any semblance of a season.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday evening in Toronto, Bettman opened his comments by apologizing to NHL fans and the thousands of people who directly and indirectly earn their livelihood from the game.
Bettman said he went to union headquarters in Toronto Wednesday for talks, and that the two sides might get together again Thursday.
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 Teal Sunglasses: Off Wing Opinion: Does Gary Bettman Need Some Help?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gary doesn't need to be a hockey guy, he works for 30 of them (okay, 25 of them, plus about five useless wastes of oxygen.
Gary Bettman's primary job is to be the public scapegoat so the owners don't have to.
Swapping out Bettman won't fix things -- although if the owners think it'll settle down the fans, they'll give him a package and publicly boot his butt in a nanosecond (and privately thank him for taking it with a smile) -- and the scary thing is, a lot of fans will buy into it.
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 Sport Source » Opinion : Should Gary Bettman’s contract be renewed?
Its clear that Gary Bettman does not care about fan entertainment and enjoyment nor the welfare of its players and stars.
Bettman’s contract is expiring after the 2007 / 2008 season.
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 CBA:Bettman profile
If Gary Bettman is introduced at an NHL game or shown on the scoreboard, chances are you will hear a lot more boos than cheers.
Bettman was hired in 1992 as the NHL's first Commissioner and started on the job in 1993.
If you asked Bettman back then what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have told you that he wanted to pursue a career in the law.
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 The Sports Day Interview: Gary Bettman :: NY Sports Day - Independent Gotham Sports Coverage
Bettman ruled out expansion "right now," and basically said he expected the NHL’s current slate of teams to remain in their geographic areas for the foreseeable future.
Bettman had a wonderful Freudian slip when talking about fighting, saying it was a "bonus" if a player could play as well as fight.
Bettman: Yes, because all we’re doing now is picking from what’s there, as opposed to what all leagues do, which is try to take into account national broadcasting obligations.
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 Macleans.ca | Top Stories | Sports | Saviour of our game   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Since he became NHL commission back in 1992, Bettman has been a designated whipping boy for this country's hockey enthusiasts, a Yankee carpetbagger who tried to steal the game, tart it up with laser shows and sell it to the U.S. South.
The departures of franchises from Winnipeg and Quebec City reinforced this perception and, worse, gave the impression Bettman was using his considerable slickness to avoid accountability.
But Bettman never asked to be liked, and while the owners who employ him freely grant portraits or plaques to those who do their bidding, history may treat the scrappy New York lawyer best of all.
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 SI.com - Writers - Stephen Cannella: Bettman, Goodenow disgrace the NHL - Wednesday February 16, 2005 3:14PM
Two days ago Bettman and Goodenow were separated by a vast philosophical divide, locked in the mortal struggle of labor vs. management, cost certainty vs. the free market, big government vs. little, millionaires vs. billionaires.
Bettman and Goodenow are pettier than ever, arguing not over big theoretical concepts but over how to split $6.5 million.
Bettman and Goodenow long ago dragged the game into disgrace; even if they settled, a 28-game season and ensuing Stanley Cup playoff would be little more than an asterisk-ridden sham.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /2005/writers/stephen_cannella/02/16/nhl.demise   (647 words)

 CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Columnists - Strachan: Is NHL brass cracking?
Thanks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's fanatical devotion to secrecy, the governors appear to be sticking together.
Two of those franchises moved to the U.S. and, under Bettman's tenure, the other three all were in danger of folding on at least one occasion.
So whenever Bettman needed to persuade a potential new owner that hockey was the place to be, he made a promise.
slam.canoe.ca /Slam/Columnists/Strachan/2005/01/11/894824.html   (664 words)

 NHL Puts Bargaining Table on eBay :: SportsGoons.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Bettman also considered selling his plasma, but eventually decided to just put the table up for sale.
The table, which was given to Gary by his mother Gloria, has a gorgeous Oak oval top and includes one leaf and six chairs.
Bettman was hoping to get at least $40, but a leaf is missing so he said he’d be happy with getting $25.
www.sportsgoons.com /volume3/Vol3_Iss7/bargaining_table.htm   (763 words)

 Hockeybird.com: Viewer Mail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gary is the one who saved up a $300 million lockout fund to play this stupid chess game were in now (funny, I thought there was no money).
Gary is the one that will be declaring the first cancelled season from any U.S. professional sport (nice legacy).
In a way, Gary's demand for a cap is actually an admission that his reign is an experiment gone awry.
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the cancellation of the NHL season from New York on Wednesday.
While Bettman said the Monday proposal to drop linkage was now off the table, Goodenow said the players' offer of a 24 per cent salary rollback and acceptance were now part of history.
He was responding to a note from Bettman that rejected the players' counter-proposal of a $49 million US salary cap after Bettman had issued a "final" offer of a $42.5 million US cap.
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 Bettman said NHL will do what it can - PittsburghLIVE.com
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the league will do what it can to help the Penguins get a new arena built in Pittsburgh.
Bettman, who has long supported the league's expansion and expressed his desire to have all 30 teams remain where they are, would also like to see the arena project move forward.
Bettman said the league has a regular dialogue with the Lemieux Group regarding the arena situation.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/tribune-review/sports/s_138564.html   (498 words)

 CTV.ca | McSorley meets with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
NEW YORK - Marty McSorley met with commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday in a bid to get back into the NHL, but he will likely have to wait until next week to find out the verdict, according to published reports.
Bettman deferred his decision until he views the evidence _ a series of videos with comparable stick attacks _ brought before him by the McSorley camp, according to reports.
Bettman has also agreed to watch an enhanced video of the slash, which McSorley's team says shows his stick hitting Brashear's shoulder before the head.
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