What the ‘NHL is about to become…
The NHL is back on a roll.
After months of speculation that the league would finally come back, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made it official Wednesday.
He’s not the only one who thinks it’s coming back.
And for all of the talk about it, Bettman is not worried.
He says he’s confident that the sport will return to its previous heights, and he believes the league will have the most successful season in its history by the time the new year rolls around.
“It’s definitely coming back, and I think we’re going to have a really good season, period,” Bettman said.
“I think it’s very possible.”
He added that he thinks the league is going to be a lot stronger this year than it was last year.
“The hockey community is going places.
It’s a great time to be in the league.
I think people are really excited about it.”
Bettman also pointed to some positives that come with the new season.
The biggest is the new TV rights deal with NBC.
The league now owns the rights to live sports on television for the first time in the history of the league, and that’s a big deal for the NHL.
It means the league has access to the best talent in the country and is now competing against the likes of the NBA, MLB and MLBAM, all of which are on ESPN.
That gives Bettman a chance to put his stamp on the game in a big way.
The NHL’s ratings also have risen, and the league’s ratings are the best they’ve been in almost two decades.
That has to be good news for Bettman and the rest of the owners who control the league on a yearly basis.
“We have a lot of new eyeballs coming into our market,” Bettmann said.