Speculation: Gary Bettman's future
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12-11-2012, 01:18 AM
Puttin' on the Foil
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
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He did not overexpand the game. I know there is some snobbery over southern US teams but imo that just stems from bitterness and jealousy over the Cups they have won.
but lets be frank here. Bettman was hired to make the league grow into a major US sport. He has done so wonderfully.
1. The sport itself is growing in non traditional areas. A prime reason that the U18 US team is starting to dominate. Btw, its only going to get worse for Canada from here out. Soon the US will dominate u18 and the olympics year in and year out.
2. League just signed a massive TV deal.
3. League is getting some mainstream US attention.
4. It takes time and slow growth to establish roots.
You cannot grow a professional sport in the USA with only have northern cities. [MOD]
Bettman is an outstanding commish. I hope hes around another 20 years.
But but but .... Bettman didn't help any of that happen. It happened in spite of him being the commish. Oh those things would of happened without him!
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