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Gary Bettman Discusses State Of NHL Ahead Of Stanley Cup Final

With the Kings-Rangers Stanley Cup Final set to begin tomorrow, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman appeared live via satellite on CNBC this morning and discussed the state of the league. Bettman: "We're in a very good place. We've spent a fair amount of time trying to build the right foundation for our game, making sure that the game on the ice is healthy, entertaining, exciting and competitive and at the same time building our businesses around the game, particularly as it relates to our business media partners such as NBC in the United States and using all the digital platforms."

When asked if Steve Ballmer acquiring the Clippers for $2B is good for NHL owners, Bettman said, "I think you have a unique circumstance with the Clippers, both as it relates to the unfortunate way this developed, the market itself and the uniqueness of the person who's buying. If the Clippers are worth $2 billion, we have franchises that are worth multiples of that" ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 6/3).
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