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Bettman: business is great, so is ‘competitive balance’

Apr 26, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman painted a rosy picture of the league’s bottom line today at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors.

Even after a lockout that left a shortened 48-game schedule, Bettman said that “the business has been strong this season” and that “continued growth” is expected.

NHL fans — of whom Bettman said, “They come back because they love the game. We are grateful on a daily basis for our fans.” — have packed rinks in 2013 despite voicing considerable anger during the work stoppage.

Bettman also praised the NHL’s “competitive balance,” which he believes is “the best in sports.”

“There are no nights that are easy nights that you can write off,” he said, “because a couple of points may be the difference in making the playoffs.”

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  1. canucks30 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

  2. sjsblitz - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Gonna be one beautiful Cup presentation in July

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    So. Many came back after pissing on the game during the lock out. Eh!

    • valoisvipers - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Just like he knew they would but I do wonder how merchandise sales went.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Hmm! Good point. There are many factors though that would cause sales to go down. Hard to pinpoint the exact cause. Sales are probably down otherwise he would have mentioned there was an increase.

  4. 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Get bent, you freakish little gargoyle. Just because hockey’s back on doesn’t mean we don’t still hate you.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Do you really think he cares what we think about him when he looks at his net worth? Frankly, we should all envy him for having a prestigious position. Better than my 9-5 cubby. :-)

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    He looks like he just dropped a dirty one, then successfully passssssed the blame to Daley…

    not unlike his efforts during the lockout, lay a coil then wrap it around the necks of the players?

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I thought half the league was about to collapse Gary? That couldn’t possibly have been a ploy to justify an unnecessary lockout, could it? I know people will say “18 teams lost money last season”… bs! That’s what Forbes says but it ignores other streams of revenue that make most owners/ownership groups very profitable. The NHL wanted to paint itself in dire straits so they could justify attempting to take the union to the cleaners while simultaneously screwing the fans. I wish Bettman would stop “praising” us, it’s insulting to our collective intelligence.

  7. rainyday56 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Oh the teams ARE losing money. It’s just the owners and players who are raking it in. 😉

  8. pastabelly - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    This season has been a bit of a joke thanks to Buttman. There are two many back to back and three games in four night stretches that just takes the competitiveness out of too many games. Three lockouts is Buttman’s track record. Nice.

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