In this May 28, 2018 file photo NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference prior to Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in Las Vegas. Bettman downplayed the significance of entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, saying Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 the league is simply following a judge’s order. “The judge asked us to go into mediation and so we’re complying with the judge’s request,” Bettman told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)