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Bettman defends timing of NHL's bid

Updated: September 11, 2009, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he didn't decide to submit a bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes until "about 24 hours" before it was submitted on Aug. 25.

Bettman made the comment Friday under questioning by the attorney for Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie as the auction of the team in U.S. Bankruptcy Court entered its second day.

There are only two bidders -- Balsillie and the NHL.

Judge Redfield T. Baum indicated it would take him at least a week to rule, telling ...

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