NEW YORK -- The NHL's Gary Bettman was among three professional sports commissioners on hand Tuesday at Yankee Stadium taking part in a round-table discussion about the responsibility of teams and leagues to create a positive impact within communities and the environment.
Commissioners Roger Goodell of the NFL and Don Garber of the MLS also took part in the panel. The NBA's David Stern was scheduled to attend, but was forced to withdraw from the event.
The conversation about reaching out to fans and bettering the planet was part of a day-long event put together by Beyond Sport, a group chaired by former Great Britain and Northern Island Prime Minister Tony Blair that believes sports teams have an unrivaled ability to impact the populations of the cities in which they play.
When Bettman was asked why it's important for sports leagues and teams to take an interest in the environment, he offered an anecdotal, yet sound, answer.