50 Most Influential: No. 9 — Gary Bettman
NHLCHANGE FROM 2013: +2
Soon to be the elder statesman among U.S. commissioners, Bettman has found a good rhythm. Confident in his vision and with full support of ownership, he has addressed issues in troubled markets, and the 12-year, $5.2 billion Canadian media rights deal with Rogers that began this season is the NHL’s biggest yet, aiding the league’s goal of eclipsing $4 billion in annual revenue. Relaunching the World Cup of Hockey is the next item on his agenda.
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