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Luc Robitaille On The Possibilities Ahead If Gambling Revenue Takes Hold

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Appearing on the ESPN ON ICE podcast, Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille said there could be a windfall of revenue in the NHL if hockey wagering takes hold.

"If teams profit, then everybody will profit," he said. "If you go by the numbers on the illegal part, it's pretty significant. If that part ends up on the team side, I think it's going help everyone. First of all, the [salary] cap will go up. Fans will be happy. Teams will spend more money on players. Players' salaries will go up."

But Robitaille believes that the revenue created around sports wagering -- advertising, sponsorships and the like -- could be so considerable that the savings might be passed on to the fans.

"You would think this would help with always putting the pressure on fans to keep paying ... hockey is still a ticket business, primarily. Hopefully that helps offset some of the ticket pricing. I'm not sure about it, but it could if the money is significant enough. There's a lot that could go around it," he said.

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Gary Bettman Goes Into The Hockey Hall of Fame On Monday

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Bobby Orr believes another National Hockey League lockout is coming in 2020.

And if Orr is correct, Monday’s enshrinement of Gary Bettman in the builders category of the Hockey Hall of Fame will seem more ludicrous than it does right now.

The timing for Bettman and the Hall just doesn’t seem right. Maybe some day it might be.

You can make a strong case for Bettman as a Hall of Famer.

And you can make almost as strong a case that the 18-member voting committee of the Hall should have delayed its voting on Bettman, waiting until his career was over or close to ending.

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FanDuel Now the Exclusive Fantasy Partner Of The NHL

NEW YORK (Nov. 5, 2018) – FanDuel and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a multi-year partnership making FanDuel the exclusive official daily fantasy partner and an official sports betting partner of the NHL. FanDuel also signed a partnership with the New Jersey Devils, marking FanDuel’s first agreement in the sports betting category with an NHL team.

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Will A Lockout Be Avoided?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It is the dream of every NHL fan, player, media member and executive. The hope of arena employees, bar owners, sponsors, television partners and about a million other people who are directly or indirectly tied to the sport:

Labour peace in the world’s best hockey league.

Can you imagine?

While it’s way too soon to handicap how likely it is that the dream becomes reality, the fact there’s ongoing dialogue between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association is at least a start.

As far as we can tell, they’ve already agreed that the best time to hold another World Cup is September 2020 — when the current CBA may expire, pending a decision on the reopener — and so they are treading into discussions about how or if they can avoid having that happen in order to stage another international hockey tournament in which they split the profits.

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Video- Saturday Headlines

Topics include- NHLPA, CBA and World Cup talk, expanded playoff format push, ice-time issues in Calgary, Carolina would have interest in William Nylander and a few more topics.

via Sportsnet,

 

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The NHL May Be Interested In Settling The Concussion Lawsuit

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League is edging towards a settlement with a group of former players who sued the league five years ago for how it has managed head trauma, according to three players briefed by their lawyers on settlement talks.

A settlement has not been agreed on, the players stressed in interviews with TSN. However, the players said their attorneys have told them a deal could include a cash payout of approximately $25,000 (U.S.) per player, in addition to funding for players to get treatment for neurocognitive disorders.

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More European Games Next Season

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Hockey Fights Cancer Month

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Nov. 1, 2018) – Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), begins today. The 20th annual campaign, which has been uniting the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families since 1998, will feature special events, observances, and stories from people around the hockey community.

All 31 NHL Clubs will host a Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night in-arena, featuring lavender jerseys, dasherboards, decals on player helmets, and “I Fight For” cards. New this season, youth hockey teams across North America can host their own Hockey Fights Cancer awareness nights in their community rinks via the HFC Assist program. Hockey communities that sign up will receive a package including official helmet decals, lavender tape, “I Fight For” downloadable cards, and tips on how to engage their community to raise funds and awareness. Communities can register at HockeyFightsCancer.com.

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Noticing More Afternoon Games On The Weekend?

from Phillip Bupp of Awful Announcing,

According to Sports Business Daily, the NHL is scheduling more regular season games on weekend afternoons in order to cater to a European audience. Sure, NHL games played on weekend afternoons is nothing new, but the league has changed the start time of nearly 50 games this season for the purpose of broadcasting games in prime time across the European continent. This started on October 13 with an Oilers/Rangers and Golden Knights/Flyers doubleheader. The afternoon games will be dubbed as the “European game of the week” in those foreign markets....

The NHL has been playing international games off and on for decades, but they picked things up in 2017. While a couple exhibition games are played in China, the NHL has had exhibition and regular season games in various locations around Europe. In fact, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets are playing two regular season games in Finland this Thursday and Friday, and the Devils and Oilers played a regular season game in Sweden earlier this month.

But this international outreach, where teams travel and play in another country, can only go so far. Holding games in Europe is great, but due to the difference in time zones, any game played in prime time in the United States will be shown in the middle of the night in Europe.

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Morning Line- John Shannon On The Gambling Business And The NHL

In my time at the NHL, any suggestion of this use of technology was quickly refuted by the union out of fear the information would be used against the players in contract negotiations and arbitration. It would appear those fears have dissipated. In talking to people on both sides, there is an appetite to work together to create a data gathering system for the betterment of the game and the business.

Quite frankly, and simply, this is all about money.

In growing the business and interest in hockey, sports gambling will help owners claim their franchises are worth more, grow Hockey Related Revenue which will put more money in the player’ pockets and, hopefully, build fan interest which will then manifest itself in better TV ratings, more tickets sold and sponsorships.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on this topic.

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