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Can Bettman be a hockey man?

Originally Published: September 30, 2004
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Red McCombs' Texas twang crackled with decisiveness. The owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings also previously owned the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, and worked with an NBA executive named Gary Bettman during the time when the "other" winter league was bleeding money and being routed at the box office by the NHL.

"I would bet on Gary Bettman's judgment for what's best for the league," McCombs said. "I watched him in the NBA, at a critical time, when we were talking about a ...

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