Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bettman: Contract and NHL Expansion Update

Current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has re-signed with the league for a six-year extension, as reported by ESPN.  The deal was reportedly signed this past September but was not confirmed until today.  Bettman is the NHL's first commissioner, starting his tenure in 1993, following on the last NHL president's tenure, that of Gil Stein.  There has been much controversy, and success, in Bettman's long tenure representing the NHL and its owners.

On the success front, the league has expanded significantly under his tenure.  The Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets), Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets were all added under Gary Bettman as commissioner.  At Bettman's annual state of the League press conference, held before the 2016 NHL skills competition, he spoke about the current process of reviewing further expansion.  Specifically, he informed that the Board of Governors executive committee is not ready to make a recommendation on putting expansion to a vote.  The recommendation, when it does come, could be for expansion by two, one or no teams.  The two cities that currently are applicants for expansion include Las Vegas, NV and Quebec City.

For more on Bettman's state of the League press conference, see this report at NHL.com.  

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