He doesn’t come out and say this won’t happen, but that it will have to be approved by the Governors.
“I don’t know whether or not he could get approved,” Bettman said Wednesday during a discussion of commissioners from the four major U.S. pro sports leagues, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. “That’s, as I said, something I don’t get a vote on. If in fact it becomes an issue for board consideration, the board of governors of the league will make that decision.”
He doesn’t get a vote, but he gets to set the agenda and enforce (or not) the rules and by-laws of the NHL.
Bettman is at a very public forum sponsored by the Wall Street Journal on the Future of Sports.