MAJOR: Controversy Erupts as Gary Bettman Caught Cheating Canadian Team Out Of Millions

Published November 27, 2023 at 11:45

The NHL Global Series, despite its success, is causing a stir due to financial arrangements that are hitting the Toronto Maple Leafs particularly hard.

Maple Leafs Lose Out on Revenue in NHL Global Series

In this series, featuring the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs, the allocation of home and away games has raised eyebrows. The NHL compensates teams for home games based on their regular home game revenue.

While the Ottawa Senators, with an average home game revenue of about $1.5 million, were assigned two 'home games' in Sweden, the Maple Leafs, generating nearly $4 million per home game, found themselves with two 'away games.' This decision translated to a significant revenue loss of almost $8 million for the Maple Leafs.

According to Friedman, the league seems to be essentially taking from teams, insisting on payment for a home game gate. He points out the imbalance where Ottawa had two home games, and Toronto had two away games, suggesting the NHL chose the easier financial route with Ottawa.

Friedman says that when it comes to the global series the league is basically robbing, and has to pay for a home games gate.

You'll notice that Ottawa had 2 Home games while Toronto had 2 away games simply because the NHL found it easier to cut a check with Ottawa #GoSensGo

Financial Concerns for the NHL and Teams

While the NHL sees this as a cost-saving measure, there are worries about its impact on teams with higher revenue potential. While saving money is good for the league, there's a risk of alienating wealthier teams like the Maple Leafs. The potential refusal of such teams to participate in future NHL events could be more harmful than the savings gained.


The decision by the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman has sparked a debate on whether it was the right move, considering the broader implications for league-team relations.

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