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If the NHL truly believed the Olympics were important, that the quadrennial tournament was an important marketing platform for the NHL and its players, the league wouldn’t play cutesy with the orientation camp insurance. They would expand the clauses in the collective bargaining agreement that ensures players’ contracts are guaranteed during international play, including the Olympic tournament to include the camps. End of story.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN. More from Scott on this topic…
from Misty Harris at the Vancouver Sun,
In a nation long ruled by hockey, it’s the equivalent of high treason.
According to one of the country’s top sociologists, interest in the National Hockey League has been declining over the past two decades, with the game’s largest proportion of fan losses occurring among teenagers. The University of Lethbridge’s Reginald Bibby says his findings debunk the myth of “hockey-mad” Canadians, and call into question the game’s endurance as our national winter sport.
Between 1990 and 2005, the percentage of adults who “very” or “fairly” closely follow the NHL dropped to 30 per cent from 36 per cent. Among teens, fandom over the same 1992 to 2008 period — fell fully 10 points, to 35 per cent from 45 per cent.
Bill Daly was on Hockey This Morning with Scott Laughlin this morning. He talked about the future of the Coyotes, the Olympic insurance controversy, and the investigation into the Hossa/Pronger deals by the NHL.
You can listen to the interview here.
thanks to the guys from XM204 Home Ice for passing the link along to me.
retiring NHL referee, will be on Leafs Lunch today from noon - 1pm ET and I am sure he will be sharing some great stories. So if you have nothing else to do, listen in at am640 in Toronto.
• I’ve been getting up early the last two day to listen to Elliotte Friedman co-host the morning show on Fan590 in Toronto. Elliotte knows his sports and is a pleasure to listen to.
• Why do some of the people associated with our game subscribe to a service that actually collects followers for them on Twitter?
• Anyone else tired of “sources said”? The first thing of think of when reading that is, yea right!
• Can Eric Duhatschek please return from vacation soon!
• I am wondering if we are going to see more video reports from the MSM hockey writers/bloggers?
• On a non-hockey related topic, will the Detroit Tigers reach the MLB playoffs?
The National Hockey League has designated Wednesday, March 3 as the 2010 trade deadline, Sportsnet has learned.
The NHL is closing for a two week period in February to allow their stars to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the deadline is set for three days after the Games conclude in Vancouver.
from the Twitter of player agent Allan Walsh,
Shocking but true. The NHL has sent out a memo that it will not honor NHL contract for a player injured at a summer Olympic training camp.
from Art Spander at RealClearSports,
Legalized sports gambling is coming. Bet on it. There’s opposition from the leaders of the pro and college leagues. You already know that. It doesn’t matter.
This isn’t an issue of being pure and saintly, it’s an issue of reality, an issue where already one state, Delaware, said it will allow wagering on NFL games and a gubernatorial candidate from another, Christy Mihos of Massachusetts, would hope his state follows the lead.
The worry is games will be rigged, that organized crime will call the shots, that when gambling becomes legit in other places, as it is in Nevada, sports will lose their integrity, and without that there’s no reason to play because there’s no reason to believe.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The City of Glendale and the NHL served notice that Monday afternoon’s emergency hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be a major brawl, with the city asking the court to find Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and his lawyers in contempt of court for disclosing confidential information and the NHL calling into question Jim Balsillie’s character.
In its declaration, the NHL said the league’s governors found Balsillie, the co-CEO of Research In Motion, “lacks the good character and integrity required” by the league’s constitution and by-laws. Earlier, the Balsillie camp charged that this was a charade created by the league because it did not want to see the Coyotes relocated to Hamilton and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has a personal bias against Balsillie.
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
Welcome to Puck Daddy’s August series, “5 Reasons I Love Hockey,” which will feature famous fans, infamous fans, bloggers, traditional media ... a plethora of puckheads. Our pitch was simple: We wanted five things that either made them a fan or that keep them watching hockey. As you’ll see every weekday until the end of the month, the reasons range from the sublime to the ridiculous. First up, a man who needs no introduction, even though we’ll give him one: Baba Booey..
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