SB Nation Reacts: The people love Gary Bettman
You all have spoken.
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As if 2020 wasn’t weird enough, the one-impossible has now happened – hockey fans like Gary Bettman.
In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, fans were asked if they were confident in the NHL commissioner. Despite being booed for doing just about anything, fans actually gave Bettman a vote of confidence. More than 50 percent of fans trust the commissioner.
Taking things even further, fans responded they would rather have Bettman than any other commissioner among the four major leagues.
Fans were asked if Bettman was a better commissioner than his three counter parts – NBA’s Adam Silver, NFL’s Roger Goodell and MLB’s Rob Manfred. In each instance, NHL fans selected Bettman.
The questions come as all four commissioners deal with how their league will return from COVID-19. The MLB, NBA and NHL are all expected to return in late July while the NFL is on roughly its same schedule.
This is certainly one of those weird times, but I think we can all agree once fans are allowed back in arenas, and Bettman is there to award the Stanley Cup, a chorus of boos will shower him. And when it’s all said and done, he’ll probably welcome that just as much as fans would.
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