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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.

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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.
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/02/sp...missioner.html

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

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