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from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
...But there is no greater stage. The Olympics are like a drug, hooking millions worldwide, drawing them to the television to watch pole vault, kayaking, synchronized diving, and other sports that only matter once every four years.
That’s not good enough for the NHL, where drama, spectacle, national pride and unprecedented TV audiences apparently don’t count for much. Reports persist that the league will pull out of Olympic hockey after the 2010 Winter Games.
It’s not as if hockey’s elite players have a busy international schedule.
Outside the Olympics, the last best-on-best tournament was the 2004 World Cup. There’s no word yet on another one.
Should the NHL participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics? Vote below…
from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,
How is an arena like an airplane? From a business standpoint, it’s all about putting butts in seats for the most money possible….
To see which sports arenas squeeze the most mileage out of each seat, we added up sports-generated revenue from gate receipts, concessions, luxury box sales, naming rights and other various arena sponsorship and advertising deals. (Most venues supplement their earnings with concerts and other events, which aren’t counted here.) Most luxury box, sponsorship and concession numbers were estimated based on the number of boxes and formulas offered by industry insiders who match them with attendance figures.
Not surprisingly, nine of the 10 most lucrative arenas are indoor basketball/hockey venues that seat between 18,000 and 21,000…
“The Russians have not been part of it for a number of years, and at this point, my sense is that they probably will recluse themselves from any transfer agreement that might be signed in the near term,” Kelly told The Hockey News in an interview that will appear in an upcoming magazine edition.
“On the other hand, I do think there is a strong interest on the part of most of the other federations – certainly, the Finns, the Swedes, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Germans, the Canadians, the U.S. – to sign off on a new agreement.”
more from Paul Kelly from an article by Adam Proteau of the Hockey News
from Mike Craigen of the Knoxville News Sentenel,
Thought not much of a threat in the past and only being able to use “home” as a their largest recruiting tool, this new league can now compete and surpass the NHL with their salary offers and have already snatched up a very respectable list of former NHL players to pad their line-ups, including; Ray Emery, John Graham, Jaromir Jagr, Jozef Stumpel, Trevor Letowski, Marcel Hossa , Josef Vasicek & Alex Radulov from the Nashville Predators.
I think this new league is fantastic for hockey on a global standpoint. For too long now, the NHL has been running the show, changing the game, setting the bar and making many decisions for the future of hockey, virtually uncontested. Though the KHL is a long way from bringing themselves to the level of play exhibited in the NHL, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more and more players foreign & domestic flee for the larger salaries in the future.
He’s (Brett Hull) done a wonderful job and I knew that he wanted to be involved in putting a team together, but he had just been retired two years and all of a sudden he’s general manager in Dallas and doing a masterful job of putting his team into the third round. I think if they had maybe a little more astute coaching, they might have beat Detroit. I said before the playoffs started that it would be Pittsburgh and Dallas in the finals and I wasn’t far astray.
more from Bobby Hull in a Q & A at the the Daily Gleaner…
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
Daniel Carcillo, Jared Boll and Zach Stortini are just a few tough guys who made names for themselves in the NHL last season and the war machine ain’t stopping anytime soon.
And do you know why?
Because the NHL endorses fighting.
Yup, you heard me, folks. And I have no problem with that. How does the league endorse fighting? It’s simple: The NHL tacitly approves of fisticuffs because players are not suspended or fined for them. Sure, you can get suspended or fined for fighting in the last five minutes of a game if you’ve been red-flagged as a “goon,” but that’s a pretty simple rule to get around: Send your message at the six-minute mark. It’s not rocket science.
from Mick Kern of Home Ice XM204,
A few bullet points:
- Biggest Star in League History is traded to Los Angeles
- L.A. media, thus much of the U.S. national media, suddenly awake to the fact they`ve had an NHL team for the past 21 years
- NHL benefits from the marketing of Gretzky
- speculators want to get in on the action, some with money (Disney), some without (McNall, Boots, etc…)
- NHL takes the easy expansion money, and suddenly grows from 21 teams to 30 teams in less than a decade
- former NBA executive Gary Bettman is hired as NHL Commissioner to oversee the new NHL, chiefly to land that ever-elusive big U.S. TV contract
- that contract never comes-to-pass, and the NHL is no longer the fourth sport in the U.S., as a split in the open-wheel racing community in the U.S. and Canada allows NASCAR to move up in popularity at an astonishing rate, becoming a marketing and television behemoth
New York—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that John Collins has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In addition to continued oversight of the NHL’s business and media operations, as COO Collins will now also be responsible for the League’s communications and Club Consulting functions.
Collins will report directly to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Collins joined the NHL in November 2006, and in May 2007, he assumed the title of NHL Senior Executive Vice President, Business and Media, overseeing the League’s marketing and licensing programs, all business sales, the production and creation of League content across all platforms, and the League’s existing and future traditional and new media relationships.
From Charlie Teljeur at The Hockey News,
Hi, you’ve reached Mats’ house. I’m not here right now, but if you leave your name and number, I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can. Wait for the beep.
Hi Mats, this is Retirement calling. It’s Tuesday, July 29. My secretary said you phoned earlier wanting to discuss things. I’m in most of this week, but I’m away in Green Bay over the weekend. Some dude has “a crisis of conscience” or something stupid like that. Call me when you get a chance. Thanks. (click)
continued… with more phone-tag between Mats and Retirement.
via press release:
Minnesota Wild founding owner Bob Naegele, Jr., Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, 21-year NHL defenseman Phil Housley and Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Ted Lindsay have been named recipients of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach, and general manager, and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.
The recipients will be honored at the 2008 Lester Patrick Awards Luncheon Oct. 22 in Minnesota. Further details on the event, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date.
The full story on this year’s award can be read at NHL.com.
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