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09-18-2004, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeytown9321
He did a helluva job negotiating national TV deals. Every single one he got was for less money and less games than the last.
I'm pretty sure this is untrue. The ABC/ESPN 600 million dollar deal was bigger than the FOX deal. And the FOX deal was the first national TV deal in decades, wasn't it?

Look, I'm no fan of Bettman, he let the North Stars skip town for questionable reasons. But the simple truth is that what the owners look for in a commissioner is not going to be the same thing the fans look for, and frankly, who cares? The commissioner doesn't implement new rules, the board of governers does. Most of the stuff that directly affects the game is implemented by other people. The commissioner is supposed to handle the boring crap.. the business/marketing side of things.

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