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Bill Daly On European Expansion

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL, likely to name Seattle soon as its 32nd franchise, for years has eyed the possibility of expanding to Europe, as well as Scandinavia and Russia. It remains a curiosity, said Daly, but there are myriad impediments, including the obvious long-distance travel challenges as well as arena suitability.

“I think the biggest issue now is probably facility availability,” he said. “The facility is such a big part of the revenue of our sport now — the business and economics of our sport — and I just don’t think it’s even close to the same level in Europe in terms of arena sophistication and amenity standpoint.”

All sports leagues — except maybe the NFL because it only plays once a week — would need “a core number of cities” added simultaneously overseas to make such an expansion viable.

“I don’t know what that number of cities is,” said Daly, “but it’s more than one.”

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Steeb's avatar

I doubt that there will ever be, like, a European conference in the NHL, exactly, but I could see them going the Champions League soccer route, where the champs of the NHL, KHL, Swedish Elite, etc etc have a tournament of some kind. But probably not even that very soon, since the NHL is the highest paying league by far, and therefore attracts 99% of the top hockey talent worldwide. If the top Euro hockey nations kept more of their own top players in their home leagues, it might work eventually. And hey, if the NHL keeps locking out its players every five or six years, people might get sick of coming here to play at all! This may be the one time Gary is the man for the job…

Posted by Steeb on 05/19/18 at 10:53 PM ET

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