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The NHL’s Demise In Phoenix: Gary Bettman’s Mistake

Published by on June 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

If provoked, no one prefers to have to swallow their pride.

Not even NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

I can understand that.  But what I cannot understand is Bettman's unwavering, and somewhat annoying, persistence to try and persuade both the NHL, fans, and media that the Phoenix Coyotes can be a viable NHL team in the future.

Bettman could have swallowed his pride and admitted that moving the former Winnipeg Jets south to the Arizona desert was not a viable business deal.

Except, Bettman defends his position and uses both Pittsburgh and Washington as prime examples of franchises that have rebounded.

First of all, both Pittsburgh and Washington have been around since 1967 and 1...

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