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12-13-2012, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
To get a platform to get a tv deal. It was a fairly science-fiction by Bettman: put teams in the desert, in the south were there's no hockey tradition "because he needed teams everywhere to get a big tv contract". Not only it never worked, but to do crazy expansion like these and not even thinking about the talent pool and if there would be enough talent to fill those teams was stupid and irresponsible.
Wrong wrong and wrong.
Bettman has grown the game tremendously.

Welcome to last year....
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=560238

NHL, NBC sign record-setting 10-year TV deal


Industry observers were widely impressed with the decade-length of the deal after months of reporting on the League's courting by several suitors. NBC Sports Group will pay about $200 million annually, for the length of the contract, reports SportsBusiness Daily.




PS- Canada has less citizens than the State of California alone. How exactly do you propose the NHL grow under such a small population?

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