Gary Bettman wiki: Gary Bruce Bettman born June 2, 1952, is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post Gary Bettman has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gary Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. B Gary Bettman was elected into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2018.
Under Gary Bettman, the NHL has seen the rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when Gary Bettman was hired to over $3.0 billion in 2010–11. Gary Bettman also oversaw the expansion of the NHL’s footprint across the United States, with seven new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 31, starting as of the 2017–2018 season. In May 2014, Gary Bettman was named “sports executive of the year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.In 2016, Gary Bettman was inducted as a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
However, Gary Bettman‘s tenure in the NHL has been controversial. Gary Bettman has often been criticized for attempting to give the game a mass appeal, and for expanding the league into non-traditional hockey markets such as the Sun Belt at the expense of the more traditional markets in Canada and the Northern United States. Bettman has also been a central figure of three labor stoppages, including the 2004–05 NHL lockout that saw the entire season canceled. These controversies have made him unpopular with many fans around the league.
Gary Bettman Education and family
Gary Bettman was born to a Jewish family in Queens, New York. Gary Bettman studied industrial and labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where Gary Bettman was a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and graduated in 1974. After receiving a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1977, Gary Bettman joined the New York City law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn.
Gary Bettman is Jewish and lives with his wife, Shelli, and their three children Lauren, Jordan, and Brittany. Gary Bettman is a resident of Saddle River, New Jersey. His half-brother Jeffrey Pollack was the Commissioner of the World Series of Poker.
Gary Bettman NBA
Gary Bettman joined the National Basketball Association in 1981, serving mainly in the marketing and legal departments. Gary Bettman rose to third in command of the NBA, spending many years as the league’s general counsel and senior vice president. Gary Bettman played a key role in the development of the soft salary cap system implemented and agreed by the NBA in 1983, a system it continues to use today.
Gary Bettman NHL commissioner
On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman began his tenure as the first commissioner of the National Hockey League, replacing Gil Stein, who served as the NHL’s final president. The owners hired Gary Bettman with the mandate of selling the game in the U.S. market, ending labor unrest, completing expansion plans, and modernizing the views of the “old guard” within the ownership ranks.
Gary Bettman Honors
On May 21, 2014, Gary Bettman was named “Sports Executive of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily at the publications’ annual Sports Business Awards event in New York. At the same ceremony, the NHL was named “Sports League of the Year”, the second time in four years the NHL has been so honored. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was named “Sports Event of the Year.” Gary Bettman said, “It’s almost an out-of-body experience. This time of year, I’m normally presenting a trophy and getting booed. To receive one and get applause is really quite novel.”
CBS Sports hockey writer Chris Peters said, “There’s no question the game has grown throughout the United States with participation in the sport at an all-time high, in addition to rising revenues for the NHL itself. The game is also reaching its best exposure through its TV deal with NBC Sports. That could be one of Gary Bettman‘s crowning achievements. The remarkable thing about the NHL is that it remains incredibly strong, if not stronger coming out of two lockouts in the last decade. He…may not be perfect…but Gary Bettman is a good leader for the NHL and probably deserves some recognition for it.”
In 2016, Gary Bettman was inducted as a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Gary Bettman is currently the longest-serving active commissioner in professional sports.
In November 2018 Gary Bettman will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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