NHL's Bettman Details How The Role Of A Big League Commissioner Has Changed
The sports world has "changed much" during the 22 years Bud Selig has served as MLB Commissioner, and USA TODAY's Allen & Brady examine the role of the "modern commissioner in major American team sports and how it has evolved." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be the "dean of commissioners of major American team sports come Selig's departure,” and he gave his points of view. Bettman said, "There is more to do. ... To be a commissioner you always had to multi-task. But there are now multiple tasks, compared to what there were." Bettman sees three "vital differences between then and now."
- "For better or worse, the world seems more litigious. That is something you have to manage. And being a lawyer certainly helps."
- "You need to be facile and adaptable with respect to the changes in media that are happening at breathtaking speed. You have to be on top of the industry."
- "You have to be prepared to look at A) new business opportunities, such as international and the shrinking of the world and B) changing old business into new businesses, such as how you distribute your licensed products. Retail in a brick-and-mortar building used to be the only way for fans to go, and now you can get anything on the Internet in 24 hours."