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Bettman: NHL never been stronger

Commissioner talks expansion, outdoor games, Olympic participation

Updated: May 23, 2014, 5:39 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The view from Gary Bettman's corner office on the 15th floor of NHL headquarters is as spectacular as they come, the beauty of Manhattan at its finest.

It's a view that perhaps parallels the current state of his league, devoid at the moment of the fires the NHL commissioner is used to putting out and basking in the glow of winning big at the Sports Business Awards this week.

The NHL was named sports league of the year, the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ...

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