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Bettman on the Fan590

Difference between Phoenix and Winnipeg and Quebec?

only move team if nobody wants to own a team in than area.

Hamilton/Winnipeg as a hockey market?

No plans for expansion.  Goes back to talking about Phoenix staying in Phoenix.  Ratings are good (what ratings is he looking at).  Fans aren't looking at this issue (um the fact that Ontario fans are doesn't tell you something?)

on Balsillie

Sat down with Balsillie when he was buying Nashville to let him know how to get into the league.   Doesn't know why Balsillie is doing what he is doing.  Motivation not concern.  Concern not about Balsillie but League rules.

When is it not working in Phoenix?  How much money has to be blown?

not blowing anything (are you serious?)  Works until it doesn't work.  Glendale is willing to make changes to make it workable.

Television

Decision on back to back games was made by NHL because of people wanting to do stuff in the summer.  Television accomodated us.  Record numbers on NBC.  GMs agreed to this.

Young Stars

Suckup question by MacLean.  Attendance, revenues, ratings are all at all-time highs.  System is working.  Season ticket renewals are at 80% for next year already (Guess it helps when the Leafs renew at 100%).

Tannenbaum and Galisano

Doesn't speak to them much.  They understand the importance of League rules.

END OF INTERVIEW

More sucking up by MacLean

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