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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
A lot of debate about the cap after The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported it may not go up. The league usually gives a preliminary estimate at the December Board of Governors meeting. Right now, it depends who you talk to. Some teams are pessimistic, while others are cautiously optimistic they’ll end up in the low 70s.
The biggest variable is the Canadian dollar, but, there are teams saying that, for the first time, they are uncertain what the NHLPA will do. Only once (2006) has the union failed to use its annual option that raises the salary cap by five per cent. The CBA also allowed for the new Rogers TV money to be applied in advance, but the players decided only half could be used, putting the ceiling at $69M, not $70M. How many teams needed that extra million?
Why only half? The players feel they are losing too much to escrow. That’s also why the NHLPA refuses to budge on cap relief for Slava Voynov while he is being paid; it doesn’t want that replacement counting against its 50 per cent. The league wants nothing outside the system, hence the stalemate. So, if you’re a team, you’re wondering, “Are the players worried enough about escrow that they won’t use all options to raise the cap? I’m not sure right now, but I’d better have a plan in case the answer is yes.”
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via CNN YouTube channel,
The NHL Commissioner talks gambling & a possible team in Las Vegas, plus the future of hockey, including at the Olympics.
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from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The NHL is counting on Nobel Prize winner Daniel McFadden to help fight a high-stakes lawsuit in which a group of hockey fans are trying to change the way NHL teams sell their broadcast rights.
McFadden won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2000 for his theories on how consumers are offered choices and how they make those choices.
In a lawsuit filed two years ago, some angry hockey fans claim NHL restrictions on broadcasting games violated U.S. anti-trust laws and were inappropriately driving up the cost of sports cable TV packages.
Since 1985, the NHL has prevented teams from selling their broadcast rights to most of their games outside of their local area.
from Alan Snel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
MGM Resorts declined to comment Wednesday on the Maloofs’ efforts. AEG officials were unavailable for comment.
Bill Daly, the NHL deputy commissioner, was in Las Vegas recently to attend a sports lawyers meeting. He said he “took the opportunity to review progress on the arena. It was nothing more than that,” according to ESPN.com.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that the NHL had picked Maloofs-Foley as the owners for the Las Vegas expansion team, citing anonymous sources.
Foley denied that.
“We haven’t made any decisions on expansion yet, much less expansion to Las Vegas,” Foley told the Review-Journal. “We have not discussed or identified potential ownership groups publicly.”
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Team officials in both the NHL and NBA have discussed their apprehensions over jersey sponsorships with their respective league officials, a source told TSN. The nervousness is borne out of uncertainty over how money raised through jersey sponsorships might be shared.
The rich may get richer, and leap further ahead of teams in smaller markets.
Take the NHL, for instance, where players receive 50 per cent of hockey-related revenue under terms of their labour agreement.
If there was no further revenue sharing and the New York Rangers were able to raise $12 million a year while the Winnipeg Jets could raise $2 million from jersey sponsorships, that would mean that after sharing half the proceeds with players, the Rangers would add another $6 million to their coffers, while the Jets would add $1 million.
from the CP at TSN,
... On Monday he'll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 with Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and the late Pat Burns.
McCreary, who was elected in his first year of eligibility, will be the 16th official in the Hall of Fame.
"I think it has a lot to do with his performance on the ice as an official in the game over a real long period of time," NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said in a phone interview. "I think in the modern era, Bill McCreary is synonymous with excellence in officiating. He's just one of the greatest officials that the NHL's ever had."
The Guelph, Ont., native said he refereed with two words in mind: fair and safe. They got him to seven straight Stanley Cup final series and eight overall under four different NHL management teams.
"The consistency part, that's what an official strives to be is consistent within himself," said McCreary, who's now a spokesman for Crown Royal's "Make the Right Call" campaign to promote responsible drinking and an off-ice officiating manager. "So I think that shows that that accomplishment was achieved."
Referees are often the first people on the ice to get booed before a game and receive the brunt of criticism from players, coaches and wrath from fans. Somehow, McCreary earned respect all around.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
... Las Vegas is intriguing, Daly admits. In fact, out of curiosity, Daly queried a bunch of service industry folks — bartenders, waiters, drink servers, dealers, pit bosses — last weekend about whether they felt a professional sports team could thrive there.
“I got a variety of different responses,” Daly said. “The demographics of the market are pretty good in terms of average annual income. Las Vegas natives earn good salaries, good livings. I think they genuinely like sports. It’s a nighttime city, so it would have to be uniquely scheduled in terms of focusing maybe on industry nights as opposed to your typical Thursday-Saturday nights where everybody would be working.
“Clearly we think for a Las Vegas market to support a professional sports franchise, you need the support of locals.”
There’s little doubt casinos would gobble up tickets for customers and high rollers, but Daly said, laughing, “You can’t depend on tourists to fill your building every night — even rich ones. You really need a local fan base.
“What’s difficult on making a call on Vegas is it’s such a unique market. It’s really hard to know. The owners are going to have to be satisfied that the prospects of putting a franchise there are good and the fundamentals are solid.”
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
There’s no doubt it may take some getting used to, if indeed the NHL goes this route. In fact, 3-on-3 is so uncommon that the 3.3 minutes the Leafs and Avs played the other night constitutes 90 per cent of the 3-on-3 in the NHL this season and 4 per cent of the 3-on-3 played league-wide in the last eight years. It occurs so infrequently that there is only about 11 minutes of 3-on-3 each season, spread over all 1,230 games. There’s no question that those have been exciting parts of games, however.
In a typical NHL game, teams generate roughly 2.4 goals and 29 shots per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. That rises to 2.8 and 32 shots per 60 minutes if you go to 4-on-4.
But 3-on-3 is a whole new animal. Teams have put up more than 60 shots and scored more than eight goals per 60 minutes, with all the odd-man rushes and chaos proving great fun for everyone but the coaches.
The quality of chances is so high that the average shooting percentage at 3-on-3 is more than 13 per cent, way up from the 8 per cent average at 5-on-5.
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