Gary Bettman: 7 Reasons He'll Have a Huge Smile on His Face in 2012

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Gary Bettman: 7 Reasons He'll Have a Huge Smile on His Face in 2012
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Don't you just want to punch that face? Gary Bettman is arguably the most hated person in the NHL, and he's not even a player. Never has been. Bettman was a corporate lawyer who got involved with the NBA in the '80s and came over to the NHL when basketball dumped him.

And every year Bettman makes an appearance, whether announcing for the draft, appearing at the Winter Classic or presenting the Stanley Cup, he gets booed like no other.

Maybe that reception is deserved, maybe it isn't. Not many people were too happy with Bettman after missing an entire NHL season, but whether you want to admit it or not, the competition in the NHL has infinitely improved since then.

And no matter how badly "the Batman" gets booed, he's still smiling. Why? Why, when every red-blooded hockey fan hates your guts are you smiling? Pretty simple really, when you're breaking league records in TV ratings and financial profits year after year you have a big reason to smile.

And if you think it's over yet, it's only just beginning. Gary Bettman will be smiling so much after this season that his mouth will hurt for weeks. And why is it this season in particular? Let's take a look.

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