Bettman Promotes NHL Postseason During "Today" Appearance
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman this morning appeared on NBC's "Today" along with the Stanley Cup to promote tonight's start of the NHL postseason. NBC's Matt Lauer noted this is the "first time all the games will be televised" in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked, “How do you think the lockout had an effect on the season at all? I know you’re not one who thought it builds anticipation.” Bettman: "It’s not the model we wanted for our fans or for the game, but we’ve come back incredibly strong" ("Today," NBC, 4/30).
Meanwhile, HUFFINGTON POST CANADA offers a complete rundown of first-round ticket prices on the secondary market. An examination of StubHub reveals widely "varying differences" in ticket costs according to "supply and demand." In "cities like Toronto, which hasn't seen a playoff game in the last nine years, there just are not enough tickets for every fan" (HUFFINGTONPOST.ca, 4/30).