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Flames Defenseman Takes a Shot at Gary Bettman and ESPN on Social Media

Published May 14, 2023 at 11:17 PM
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Bettman Criticized Over NHL Playoff Schedule

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has recently faced criticism for the grueling NHL playoff schedule. An active NHL defenseman has joined the chorus of disapproval.

Stecher Confronts Bettman



Due to scheduling conflicts with ESPN, the sole playoff game on Sunday saw Vegas and Edmonton facing off at 8PM Local Time or 10PM Eastern Time. Critics argue that this late time slot is not helpful to growing the game.


Compounding the issue, an MLB game cut into the broadcast, causing viewers to miss the first three goals. The exciting start to the first period could have generated a massive buzz if it had been aired properly.

Calgary Flames defenseman Troy Stecher took to Twitter to voice his frustration:

👏🏼 ESPN. Missed three goals in the opening three minutes of an elimination NHL playoff game because we had to finish out a 9-1 MLB blowout. #GrowTheGame


It remains to be seen whether any changes will be implemented. However, as long as NHL executives continue to profit, significant adjustments appear unlikely.

Bettman really has to do better, or he'll lose the few fans he still has.

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