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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...the NHL does seem to be offering words in support of Gretzky, even if action speaks louder. The league at this point appears to be offering talk, which obviously is much cheaper than $8.2 million.
“The decision was made this summer when the League decided to make a bid to purchase that it couldn’t assume Wayne’s contract. That was discussed with Wayne and his people before we filed our bid and they understood the rationale,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to Slap Shots on Friday night.
“That doesn’t mean he has to go it alone. We committed to him that we would do everything possible to get him paid outside the bankruptcy process,” Daly added. “We have suggested our willingness to pursue claims on his behalf and assist him in pursuing his own claims. And he remains able to seek recovery out of the pot of money that will be paid to the bankrupt estate.”
So the NHL claims it will assist the greatest assist man who ever has laced up a pair of skates but it will not guarantee he will get his money even after all of the untold revenue he produced for the league both directly and indirectly in the form of expansion fees from warm-weather markets made possible by Gretzky’s success in Los Angeles.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Right now, the NHL’s bid provides for between $11-$12 million to three potential creditors – Gretzky, Moyes and the city of Glendale. Gretzky isn’t thrilled that there is no certainty of collecting. Apparently, he is not asking for all of the money up front or in some lump payment, but an acknowledgement that, at some point, he will collect.
One league source says that will happen.
“We recognize that a lot of us have jobs because of what he’s done for a long time. What has happened this summer has been totally unfair to him, but, because he’s Wayne Gretzky, it all ends up on him ...This is important, and we realize it is important.”
That is 100 per cent the proper philosophy. But, there is one concern.
At this time, it was not possible to get the board of governors to vote on raising the purchase price from $140 million to $148 million. And, there may be slight resistance to doing so. Some of the governors are apparently unhappy with Gretzky’s public disappointment, and could let that affect their decision.
That is a ridiculous attitude.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
TSN’s Bob McMcKenzie is truly unique among hockey commentators. That’s because he is pretty much alone in believing the NHL should crack down on predatory head shots.
In the world of NHL commentary, this represents radical, even revolutionary thinking. We know this, because when an incident occurs, such as the Mike Richards hit on David Booth last weekend, the knuckleheads and Neanderthals come out of the woodwork to remind us that hockey TV commentary is over-populated by a fringe group of loons, most of them ex-jocks who have taken too many hits to the head themselves, and seem to believe that anything that doesn’t kill you is “a good hockey hit.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
How many players must be taken off the ice via stretcher before the NHL changes its way?
Will it take a body bag before the league finally clamps down on head shots?
Sure looks that way.
After years of believing the biggest cure of the headshot problem was players not skating with their head up, I’ve converted.
The onus has to be put on the players making the hit.
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
The NHL believes that bringing fans together socially online, and bringing fans closer to their favorite teams and players, is a fundamental way to grow the game in a changing media culture. But will these “fan experiences” happen organically enough to not feel like a corporate marketing campaign; and will the ongoing debate about how teams and players use Twitter result in too much control over their messages to fans?
DiLorenzo is the man behind the NHL Fans microsite, a massive collection of social media that ties together blogs, videos, tweets, user pages and message boards—which have always been the leading attraction for many hockey fans using the NHL’s official team sites.
from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
The call of the soaring loonie could help chart a northward migration path for NHL clubs.
Once an economic albatross blamed in part for the failures of the Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques, the ascending Canadian dollar is suddenly enriching Canadian-based clubs, single-handedly increasing NHL revenues and crafting a new financial argument for more NHL hockey in Canada.
“A host of southern U.S. cities might now be more likely to lose their NHL teams,” said Andrew Zimbalist, an eminent sports economist based in Massachusetts who testified on behalf of Jim Balsillie in his recent failed bid to purchase and move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton.
“Canada becomes that much more attractive.”
Every three-cent jump in the value of the Canadian dollar triggers a 1 per cent revenue increase for the NHL, say league insiders.
Former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was on Leafs Lunch today with Darren Dreger & Bill Watters. He discussed headshots and the Mike Richards hit on David Booth.
“There is not a place in the game for those kind of hits.”
“Those hits are a punishable act.”
“If were going to make a change…there has to be a line drawn in the sand.”
“The head has to be off limits.”
“I’m a real live human being and I still have a life and it impacts the players life when he’s gone.”
listen to the full interview at AM 640...
On February 9, 2008, veteran NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo suffered career-ending and life-altering injuries when he was accidentally struck in the face by the skate blade of Flyers forward Steve Downie during a game in Philadelphia against the Rangers. The damage to Dapuzzo’s face and head was far more serious than simply cosmetic.
In this exclusive for FanHouse, the 50-year-old Dapuzzo opens up for the first time about his memories of the incident, the countless surgeries, the deep depression, the support of the NHL community and his determination to live a normal life again. This is the story entirely in his own words, as told to Christopher Botta.
...When Steve Downie was checked by Fedor Tyutin and we became entangled along the boards, Downie’s leg whipped around and his skate blade cut my nose off. There was a hole in my face. I was on all fours and was bleeding badly. I thought I had lost my eye. Other than that, I don’t remember much about the immediate impact of the skate hitting my face. I was later diagnosed with a concussion from the collision, after they sent me to a trauma center in Camden, New Jersey.
read on at NHL Fanhouse…
NEW YORK (October 27, 2009) ─ The National Hockey League (NHL) has unveiled the official NHL fan page on Facebook. The NHL’s new presence on Facebook is part of the League’s broader initiative to make it convenient for fans to find and interact with NHL content, and have more control and flexibility over sharing NHL content with their friends.
The NHL designed its Facebook page to be fun, interactive and viral. As a result, the NHL Facebook page features a wide range of virtual gifts such as team jerseys and “penalties”; NHL video; NHL polls; feeds to the best NHL content on Twitter, message boards and leading blogs; access to deals and discounts; links to NHL team Facebook pages and much more.
“The NHL’s goal is to make sure that fan passion is served on all platforms,” said Perry Cooper, NHL Senior Vice President, Digital Media and NHL Direct. “We have recognized that social networks are a pervasive part of consumer life, and the development of the NHL’s Facebook page is an important part of our direct response to this trend.”
from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
High-definition television images are luring more American eyeballs to professional hockey and invigorating the NHL’s prospects in the U.S., say leading sports industry experts.
“HDTV will have a greater impact on hockey than any other sport,” says Matthew Pace, a lawyer with prominent sports law firm Herrick, Feinstein in New York. “You can follow the puck much easier (on HDTV broadcasts). The action is clearer. I think the television future of the NHL is bright.”
The holy grail of professional sports – routine access to 115 million American television households– has long eluded the NHL despite efforts dating back to the infamous glowing puck of the 1990s.
While the NHL has built a national U.S. footprint that includes hockey-tepid cities across the sunbelt, major U.S. broadcast deals still haven’t come.
And without the billions of dollars in revenues that come with a major TV deal, the league is left to contend with financial basket cases in cities such as Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, which have no cultural connection to hockey.
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