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NHL Has To Say Yes To The Olympics

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Yes, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch had to wait in line outside GM Place at the Vancouver Olympics.

And the NHL couldn’t get its own network accredited to cover the games.

And the league couldn’t use any highlights from the Games on its website even though its own players were playing in the tournament.

And NHL GMs have had trouble gaining access and information about their players during the Olympics.

And the 2014 Sochi Games may not be on in prime time.

There are challenges to playing in the Olympics. Many, perhaps. But what a shining chance for the NHL to preserve something great and unique; what a shining chance to pay back the players and fans and the league itself by not giving in to the impulse to walk away from the Olympics because it’s inconvenient.

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redxblack's avatar

Gary “grow the sport” Bettman should realize this would be an opportunity to snipe KHL fans.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/26/10 at 02:36 PM ET

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