Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Gary Bettman

Commissioner, National Hockey League

Gary Bettman is Commissioner of the National Hockey League, guiding the world's top professional hockey league through more than two decades of growth and advancement on and off the ice. Record revenues, record attendance, event innovation and numerous fan-friendly and community-minded initiatives are examples of the ways Commissioner Bettman has brought the NHL to a broader audience, through more media platforms, than at any time in its history. By negotiating a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players' Association and long-term, multibillion-dollar national broadcast rights agreements in the United States (NBC Sports) and Canada (Rogers Communications) plus a ground-breaking digital rights agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Commissioner Bettman has fostered an unprecedented competitive balance between, and economic stability for, the League's Member Clubs. NHL revenues have increased more than tenfold during his tenure and franchise values have increased exponentially.


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