November 21, 2016
11:00 - 1:00
Gary Bettman has served the National Hockey League as Commissioner since February 1, 1993, and has guided the world’s top professional hockey league through more than two decades of advancement on and off the ice. Record revenues, record attendance and a wide variety of fan-friendly initiatives are just a few trademarks of Commissioner Bettman’s tenure, which has brought the NHL to a broader audience, through more media platforms, than at any time in League history.
By negotiating a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and long-term, multi-billion-dollar national broadcast rights agreements in the United States (NBC Sports Group) and Canada (Rogers Communications) — in addition to a landmark digital rights agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media — Commissioner Bettman has fostered unprecedented economic stability for the League’s 30 teams. During his tenure, League revenues have increased nearly tenfold. (READ MORE)
The combination of competitive balance, exciting play and a calendar of innovative signature events — including iconic outdoor games (the Winter Classic, the Stadium Series and the Heritage Classic) — has helped drive fan engagement and sponsor participation to unprecedented levels. Advancements in the game under Commissioner Bettman have included the implementation of three-on-three overtime and the ‘shootout,’ which eliminated tied games during the regular season. The League’s implementation of the two-referee system revolutionized hockey officiating around the world. The NHL also has been at the forefront of advancements in video review, an area that has been studied, and subsequently replicated, by the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Charitable undertakings, as well as a focus on community service and diversity, also have been priorities for Commissioner Bettman. Hockey Fights Cancer has raised millions in support of cancer research and awareness. “Hockey is for Everyone,” a grass-roots initiative, brings hockey to youngsters. NHL Green has worked extensively to support environmental causes and in 2014 released the NHL Environmental Sustainability Report – the first of its kind by a major professional sports League – which highlights the numerous programs, benchmarks, and successes that have increased the overall sustainability of the League.