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12-11-2012, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Master Shake View Post
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.
not sure if serious.

there are people who are annoyed that there are Canadian markets are forced to go without teams so southern cities get to hang on to their failing franchises...and because we're being dragged through a lockout because of the sustainability problems of some teams who will likely never be able to make it work in their current locations.

logan couture tweeted this article from 2007 about bettman:

Unhappy anniversary

Everyone has a favorite conspiracy theory about the NBA. Some like the idea that David Stern fixed the 1984 draft lottery. Others favor his supposed secret suspension of a star player for gambling problems.

Mine dates back to the early 1990s, when the NHL was white hot with fans and never better on the ice. Wayne Gretzky was in Los Angeles. Mark Messier was with the New York Rangers, who were on the verge of ending their Stanley Cup drought. Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy and many others were hitting their prime.

Anyone who doesn't think hockey can work in America is forgetting this era. All of a sudden, hockey was challenging, if not beating, the NBA in a number of major U.S. markets – including New York. It's almost impossible to imagine now, but it happened.

As the conspiracy theory goes, Stern sensed the potential trouble in 1993 while the NHL was in search of a new commissioner. So he looked around his own office for someone so incompetent that if they got the job, the NHL would be marginalized by their mismanagement and never again be a threat to the NBA.

Naturally, Stern recommended one of his assistants, Gary Bettman, for the job.

True story or not, it worked.

Bettman is set to begin his 15th year as commissioner Thursday, and like most hockey fans I feel the need to mark the occasion by popping a bottle of champagne, chugging the entire thing in an effort to drown my misery and then smashing the empty bottle over my temple to black out the memories.

There has never been a commissioner of a major North American sports league this inept, yet the league's board of governors keeps employing him, keeps giving him another chance to sink this once-proud, once-vibrant league to new depths.

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