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No More Injury Disclosurea

feom Michael Traikos of the National Post,

In the 2009 playoffs, Nicklas Lidstrom missed the final two games of the Western Conference final with what was vaguely described as a “lower-body injury.” But everyone who saw the Detroit defenceman doubled over in pain knew what the actual extent of the injury really was.

Lidstrom, who had been speared by Chicago’s Patrick Sharp in Game 3, had a badly bruised testicle. It required surgery. He said it was the most painful injury he’d ever endured....

Going forward, we will no longer be told if a player pulls a muscle or breaks a bone or even ruptures his scrotum in a game. And we certainly won’t know if he develops a respiratory illness that could jeopardize him, his teammates and the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.

In other words, there is no transparency when it comes to player absences.

If someone misses a game, it could be because he suffered a concussion. Or it could be because he has COVID-19. It’s up to fans — and other players sharing the same hotels and facilities inside one of two bubbles — to guess.

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d ca's avatar

Honestly, this is bs when the league is business partners with MGM sports gaming and that partnership is split 50/50 with the players all injuries should be disclosed.

Will the NHL change the way it reports injuries because of this deal, or legal sports wagering?

It’s been widely expected that the NHL would change its injury disclosure, aligning it more with the NFL’s candor and away from vague declarations like “upper body injury.” But Bettman said that’s not currently the plan. “I don’t know about that. Our players tend to play hurt. I don’t know that we have any interest in changing our reports because of the well-being of our players. We don’t want them targeted. And we don’t want them playing too injured,” he said.

Buttman is still a weasel
As I’ve said on another thread. HIPPA doesn’t apply to athletes. This is coming from the NHL and NHLPA agreement.
MGM is the NHL’s official gaming partner and it has deals with individual teams including the Wings.

they [the NHL] wanted state legislatures to mandate that sportsbooks fund the mechanisms that these leagues use to maintain the “integrity” of their products in light of legal sports wagering (i.e. paying “integrity fees”). That went nowhere. So the leagues recalibrated began asking sportsbooks to pay for the “integrity” of the data

Bettman: “The expanding sports betting landscape presents exciting opportunities to increase fan engagement and leverage emerging technologies. MGM Resorts, a valued partner of the NHL, along with Yahoo, a leading media brand, will connect fans to the action on the ice in new and innovative ways.”

The NHL charges the gaming industry for “integrity” but can’t show gambling fans any—-those fans pocketbook doesn’t matter after the contract grabbing gambling money whose integrity is dependent upon full disclosure was signed.

Guaranteed there will be class action lawsuits regarding this issue when someone good is pulled last minute. Or a non-disclosed injury skews results.

It’s why the NFL puts out questionable, probable, doubtful tags.

Posted by d ca on 07/12/20 at 02:19 AM ET

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