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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Pat Foley 'didn't have his facts straight' on late starts rant

The top executive of the league responds to Pat Foley's late start rant.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed Chicago Blackhawks TV play-by-play announcer Pat Foley's late start rant during a Friday session at the Associated Press Sports Editors commissioner meetings.

With about seven minutes to go in the third period, play stopped, Foley laid into the 8:42 p.m. start times. Comcast SportsNet aired the full rant, while the NBC Sports Network feed cut off Foley's rant.

"Eddie, we've had a tremendous series between two great teams here. And it has been compelling theater: The two teams have been tied or one-goal games 96 percent of the time so far. But this is the third time in five games that a start time of 8:42 [p.m.] local was mandated. I can say with certainty: Players can not stand these late starts. Coaches can not stand them. Most importantly, the fans can't stand them.

"So as we approach midnight eastern - AGAIN - on a work night, a school night, a simple question: An 8:42 puck drop serves, who?"

Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun Times reported some of Bettman's thoughts on Foley's rant.