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from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The National Hockey League and the Players' Association hope to generate between $75 million and $100 million from the rekindled World Cup of Hockey, according to their preliminary estimates.
A person familiar with the matter told TSN that the eight-team tournament, which is scheduled to be held in September 2016, will raise about half its revenue from the sale of broadcast and internet streaming rights. The NHL and NHLPA have predicted those rights may garner close to $50 million.
NHL senior vice president John Collins said it's too early to say how much cash the league and NHLPA will generate.
"We are not at the finish line yet on the WC," Collins wrote in an email. "More meetings still needed with PA and federations. Premature to comment on any specifics."
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
By the simple act of reading this column, you’ve confirmed yourself to be a hockey fan. And you probably want to be the best hockey fan you can be, right? Of course you do. This is why you’re going want to heed the advice on being a better hockey fan I’m about to lay out for you in the words that follow these ones.
Right off the hop, I want to speak directly to each and every one of you fans who is compelled to pound on the glass at ice level whenever the play or a camera is in your vicinity. And here’s what I want to say: Stop doing that. There’s no need for it. You’re not affecting the play or the players, other than to make them embarrassed for you. When I watch you banging your fists and palms, it makes me think only one of two things could be going on: some voice inside your head has convinced you that you’re trapped behind the glass and you’re desperately attempting to “escape”; or you’re proudly demonstrating to the world your brain still has the ability to control your arm movements. Either way, this doesn’t reflect well on you or fans in general.
It also doesn’t reflect well on you or any fan if you’ve stooped to doing The Wave.
via Hometown Hockey,
From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.
More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.
from Abraham D. Madkour of SportsBusiness Journal,
During recent appearances by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and COO John Collins, it’s obvious this is getting a great deal of their attention. Bettman summed up the appeal succinctly: “We control it. We control the media, the presentation and it’s out of season.” All of those are underlying frustrations that the league has with its participation in the Olympics.
In a recent interview in Toronto, Bettman was asked why global sponsors pay hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Olympics, yet the NHL seems nonplussed by it. “They [sponsors] get to market and promote their association with the Games,” he said. “We have to fight to get access to footage of our players playing in the Olympics. At one time, we even had to fight to get access to a press availability I was having. They’ve loosened it up a little bit, but face it, if you’re a TOP sponsor, you get to market and promote your brand. We don’t.”
With that said, you can see why the league is bullish about re-creating the World Cup, which sources believe has the ability to generate more than $100 million in revenue for the league and players, and it’s revenue that sits outside of the league’s definition of Hockey Related Revenue, meaning the 50/50 joint venture would be split.
I don’t believe it’s an “either/or” on having a World Cup or whether the NHL participates in the Olympics. But there is little appeal of playing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and likely either Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing in 2022. Daly, asked in Toronto about the league’s pending decision to play in 2018, said, “There are some things we still need to learn, such as the mindset of the South Korean Organizing Committee and where it puts hockey in its priorities.”
more plus other hockey topics...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- There aren’t many defensive pairings better than Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Among some of the elite duos — Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty being others — Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo are probably the best at executing rapid regroups because of their skating and vision. This keeps opponents from changing lines or getting set defensively.
- The prompt canning of the dry scrape has left some networks scrambling. Because they had projected a five-minute pause after regulation, they had sold part of the time to advertisers. Now that the post-regulation window is down to approximately two minutes, the networks are trying to give back some of that sold time elsewhere in their broadcasts.
many more hockey topics including shot blocking...
Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment.
It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There are three ideas that were once again brought up Tuesday:
-- A coach’s challenge, like in football where a coach can ask for a video review
-- Simply giving the Toronto war room an expanded list of plays it can review
-- Putting a TV monitor in the penalty box for referees to review plays they want a second look
The monitor in the penalty box has sizeable support among many GMs, but not as much with the league head office. It’s Poile’s idea.
"Specifically, I brought up the monitor and whether that would be a situation that could be helpful," said Poile. "It was just me bringing that up. I think a lot of people had their points and nothing was decided today. We are all happy with where we are but we're not satisfied until we get all of the goals right. We're striving for perfection you could say."
Said another GM who didn’t want his name used: "I like David’s idea of the monitor in the box because it takes away some of the embarrassment factor for the refs; they get to correct their own calls and control the process. Makes sense."
Regardless, look for more of this video review talk in March.
more plus the other topics discussed at the meeting today in Toronto...
One of the other topics discussed at the GMs meeting today. It starts tonight.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
You can't just dust off the old World Cup of Hockey logo and expect people will give a darn, especially when they were halfway out the door on the mistreated property a dozen years ago.
This new event must have pizzazz, it must have panache and it must resonate not just in Toronto, where the tournament will reportedly be held, but around the hockey world.
It has to be embraced by players and fans everywhere.
It has to mean something. It has to get the juices flowing and the imagination turning with thoughts of Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux and the 1987 Canada Cup.
It has to promise hockey magic and then it has to deliver it.
Or else this will blow up like a dime-store gag cigar.
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