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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"Future Olympic participation is something we will need to focus on at an appropriate time, both with the IOC and with the Players' Association,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Wednesday. "There continues to be a lot of moving pieces, including the recently announced World Cup of Hockey scheduled for September of 2016. That tournament and its success may not be determinative with respect to the decision we ultimately make on the Olympics, but it certainly will play a part in the overall discussion."
Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but it seems like all the comments that have been generated of late from the deputy commissioner and the big man himself, Gary Bettman, open the door just a crack to the possibility of no Olympic participation, that perhaps the World Cup is the replacement vehicle for best on best hockey.
Then again, it’s also wise for the NHL to send out that type of message to the IOC, so they understand they need to step up if they want to keep NHLers in the fold.
Me, I want the players to go. I don't care about the time difference (+14 hours ET), the lack of hockey in South Korea or anything else.
If the players want to go, then all hands on deck.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
The World Cup of Hockey could be the kind of best-on-best tourney that fans eat up. Speaking of leverage, it also gives the NHL an alternative and way of wresting away control from the Olympics. Hockey is considered one of the jewels of the Games, but it disrupts the regular season, and most importantly, at least from the NHL’s point of view, it does not add to its bottom line. That’s basically what Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Thursday.
“I do think that the success that we are going to have with the World Cup does bear on the equation of future Olympic participation, it has too,” said Daly. “Because I think the tournament that we’re designing jointly with the Player’s Association is going to be fantastic and in my opinion, the best hockey tournament with the highest level of hockey talent that’s ever existed in the world.”
“There are exciting opportunities to promote the sports around that tournament, and obviously there are some financial rewards, that will come out of that tournament, and some of those things are not available through the Olympic vehicle,” he added....
Even without official confirmation, most sportsmediaoutlets in the U.S. welcomed the reports of ESPN’s potential return to professional hockey. For all the criticism it receives, there is no doubt having the U.S. behemoth have some stake in hockey is good for the sport south of the border.
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from the CP at NHL.com,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says advertisements could be included on jerseys at the World Cup of Hockey.
The league has so far resisted putting ads on the sweaters of its 30 teams, but Bettman said Friday that corporate logos on jerseys are possible for the tournament in 2016.
"World Cup, international competition, I don't know," Bettman said at a press conference at Rogers Arena. "We may take a look at it. It might be a valuable opportunity."
None of North America's four major professional sports leagues currently have ads on jerseys, but the practice is widespread elsewhere in the world.
Bettman said that won't be happening any time soon in the NHL.
— Is the NHL done with the Olympics? Depends on whom you ask. The owners don’t want to go, and league officials seem pessimistic. The players do want to go, and union officials seem optimistic. They agree on one thing: A lot depends on whether they receive concessions in Pyeongchang like they did in Sochi – insurance costs, travel costs, access, et cetera. Serious talks have not even started with the IIHF and the IOC, but most expect a decision to be made sooner than last time.
— NBC has paid billions for NHL and Olympic rights in the United States. It certainly would prefer NHL players go. But it might not pressure the NHL to participate in Pyeongchang. It might not care as much as you might think. If NHL players stay home, NBC could air other events – say, more figure skating – or hockey in whatever form it takes. One TV perspective: “It’ll still be Olympic hockey, and it’ll still outdraw the NHL’s ratings.”
-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo where you can read more hockey topics.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
NHL sponsors say they expect the league to use next year's World Cup of Hockey to trial on-uniform advertising.
Every North American sports league has weighed the added revenue putting ads on uniforms would generate against fan backlash. ...
In September, NHL officials told team presidents that the league would prefer not to be the first major league in North America to feature on-uniform ads, even though the move might generate $120 million.
But more recently, in the wake of the NHL's announcement of the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, sponsors say they expect the league and NHLPA to be aggressive with its marketing efforts. NHL officials have said privately that they hope the tournament generates close to $100 million. (The league recently sold the World Cup's Canadian TV rights to Rogers Communications for about $30 million, NHL sources tell TSN.)
The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Now is the time for the best players in the NHL to stand up the way they do when the Stanley Cup is on the line. Because if they don’t push the issue on Olympic participation, the NHL will be more than happy to trash the entire concept.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016. Both sides spoke of the event in glowing terms and there was much singing from the same songbook. That’s because both sides stand to gain a mother lode of money from a World Cup. The profits for the event are split 50-50 between the NHLPA and the league, meaning they will not be part of Hockey Related Revenues and will have no bearing on the salary cap. Each side is free to take its money and do with it whatever it wants.
So it comes as no surprise that Kumbaya will be used as the national anthem for the Young Stars under-23 team and We Are Family will be the anthem for the Pan-European team.
But make no mistake. When it comes to the Olympics, the two sides are completely opposed.
NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY . . .
The NHL and NHLPA announced that the World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete in a best-on-best international hockey tournament.
The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHL and NHLPA, in cooperation with the IIHF. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in the tournament.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four, with each competing in three tournament games (within their assigned group) in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each group will advance to a single-game semifinal against a team from the other group. Winners of the semifinal games will advance to a best-of-three final round.
All tournament games (round-robin, semifinal and final) will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016.
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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
This is just the beginning. When the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association stage the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto – featuring the Big Six nations, plus a team of other Europeans and one of 23-and-under North Americans, unfortunately – it will be the first step in what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called their “joint vision for international hockey.”
“The aspiration,” said John Collins, the NHL’s chief operating officer, “is to build a global brand and a global business.”
The NHL and the NHLPA announced the World Cup on Saturday at the All-Star Game. But they are working on a Ryder Cup concept – say, a best-of-5 series between North American and European NHL stars in a city like London or Berlin in 2018. They’re researching expanding eligibility requirements so NHL players who can’t make their national teams can represent other nations where they have roots – say, England or Italy. They hope to hold a qualifying tournament in 2019 to fill out the 2020 World Cup, so they don’t need teams of other Europeans and 23-and-under North Americans and the World Cup can become a pure nation-on-nation tournament.
New York/Toronto (January 24, 2015) – The World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada when eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in this tournament in what should be the biggest celebration of the game.
The eight teams will be divided into two Groups of four, and each will compete in three tournament games within their assigned Group in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each Group will advance to a single game semi-final against a team from the other Group. Winners of the semi-final games will advance to a best-of-three final round. All tournament games (round-robin, semi-final and final) will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from September 17 - October 1, 2016.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NHLPA in planning and producing what we expect will be the world’s best international hockey tournament,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will highlight not only our global reach, but also the skill and passion of the world’s best athletes. We would like to thank our international partners – the IIHF and their members – for their cooperation in helping to make this event a reality.”
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