f you’ve been waiting for your turn to get at Gary Bettman and ask him the questions that have been burning you up inside, you now have your chance!
Courtesy of the folks at XM Radio, Gary Bettman will be on the air and will be accessible to fans. I’m honestly not sure how XM convinced him to do this, it’s like sending a lamb to the slaughter. It should be a great show and I hope fans take it a little easy on Mr. Bettman…at least until he gets his feet wet.
Here are the details of the show courtesy of XM Radio:
“NHL Hour” will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, “NHL Hour” will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The candid, interactive talk radio show will be hosted by a rotation of League executives including Commissioner Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. The show will be co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
What Bettman Thinks of The Show
“The NHL has the best fans in sports. Thanks to XM Satellite Radio, we are able to offer this unique outlet for answering their questions”
“I look forward to hearing from our fans directly and being a part of this one-of-a-kind radio show.”
How To Get Your Two Cents In
“NHL Hour” will provide fans with the latest news and events from the highest levels of the NHL and encourages fans to submit questions via phone and email.
To submit questions to “NHL Hour”, call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How And Where To Listen
“NHL Hour” will broadcast live from the NHL/XM Radio studio in the NHL Powered By Reebok store in Manhattan. The show will re-run on XM Canada and NHL Network, with archived shows available for download on NHL.com via a podcast.
Possiable questions for a canes fan:
1. How many cities have you promised All Star games to that have yet to host one and where is Raleigh on the list?
2. How can the league sit back and do nothing when an individual is selling season tickets for a non-existent NHL franchise?
3. How can you expect to grow or expand the game when you bind the league to a television contract with a network that doesn’t broadcast to over 30% of American households?
4. What are you going to do about rising ticket prices and the fact that attendance is declining across the league in the USA?
I’m sure a few people wouldn’t mind asking Colin Campbell, (head of officials) a few questions as well.
1. Since your current “tough love” approach of a 2 game suspension doesn’t seem to have an affect on reducing dirty play, especially when one player breaks another player’s neck or gives them a head shot and a concussion, does the league have any other ideas for reducing the growing number of head shots and serious head injuries in the game?
2. Does this league review official’s performances? Better yet, do they ever reprimand an official after an obvious mistake? Even better yet, do they ever suspend or punish an official after a gross error in judgment?
3. Does the league ever check officials’ eye sight?
4. Does the league ever test officials on the rules of the game?