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12-13-2012, 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by LeftCoast View Post
I can't stand Gary Bettman, and you could argue his legacy either way. But it has to be understood that he is a product of the Executive Committee and a network of allies in smaller US markets. Bettman is pretty close to Jeremy Jacobs (who was responsible for renewing Bettman's contract last year) and has some loyalty from the smaller US clubs whom he brought into the league and has been a staunch supporter of.
Nits to pick.

Compton is governor for the Sharks, but Plattner (SAP) and Gund are in the ownership group. Plattner is definitely in the billionaires' club. You would be surprised at the number of teams whose lead owners are not billionaires. IIRC, Plattner has the largest share.

I believe Wilson for Nashville is the wealthiest of their group.

Kroenke for the Avs is extremely wealthy on paper (owns or owned the Rams football team).

Leonsis is a hardliner as is Karmanos. If Jamison gets the Yotes, he is a hardliner. Leonsis is on GB's committee. Lou was a governor (and negotiator) last go round, I am not sure of his current status.

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