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11-01-2012, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfan2k11 View Post
I don't think the owners pushed Gary to grow the game in non-hockey markets.
Actually, that was one of the reasons he was hired in the first place.

Bettman's mission is simple: Put a stop to labor unrest; sell the product in television's mainstream marketplace; change the violent image of the game; curb salary inflation; force enlightened self-interest on reluctant, old-fashioned owners; expand contacts with European developmental leagues and markets; settle the divisive issue of possible Olympic involvement, and help launch several new expansion teams.

Further, the expansion teams in San Jose and Tampa were already decided before Gary took office.

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