Saturday, January 20, 2007

Q&A with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman

Q&A with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
Bettman's reign marked by growth, change
10:40 PM CST on Saturday, January 20, 2007
By MIKE HEIKA and GARY JACOBSON / The Dallas Morning News

Gary Bettman will celebrate the completion of his 14th season as NHL commissioner on Feb. 1. Bettman, 54, is a New York native and a 1974 graduate of Cornell. He served 12 seasons as a senior executive with the NBA before replacing Gil Stein in 1993.

During his term, the NHL has grown from 21 teams to 30 while its annual revenue has increased from $700 million to $2.2 billion. He also has witnessed four franchises go through bankruptcy, four teams move and the league shut down twice for labor reasons. The 2004-05 lockout marked the only time a big-league North American sport has lost a full season to a labor dispute.

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