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Gary Bettman on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
www.cbc.ca For traditional hockey fans, Gary Bettman isn't exactly 'Mr. Popularity.' In 1993, he became NHL commissioner with a mandate to grow the game. So, how's he done? Well, under Bettman, the NHL has added six teams - most of them in the southern United States, while both Quebec and Winnipeg moved south. When Bettman took over, the league's revenue was 400 million dollars a year. Now, it's more than two billion. But some of those US teams are struggling, especially Nashville and Phoenix - which is said to be in real trouble. There was also the lockout that shut down the entire '04-05 season. Bettman has also had to deal with a few hits to the NHL's image. There was the "Bertuzzi Moore" incident, Sean Avery's comments and most recently - with the death of Don Sanderson in a senior league game, there are questions about whether the NHL should ban fighting.