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One Big Reason To Play This Season

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

If there is a motivating factor for both the NHL and its players to get this season underway, it’s money.

The NHL is heading into the final season of a 10-year contract that gave NBC and its cable partners national broadcasting and digital rights in the United States. It amounted to $200 million (U.S.) a year.

There’s a pot of broadcast gold waiting at the expiration of this contract. If the season is played, the NHL could enter into new lucrative deals with a diverse group of broadcasters and/or streamers in time for the 2021-22 season.

“From that perspective alone, there should be real appetite to play. That’s not just the owners, the players, too,” said John Shannon, a former broadcast executive who has worked for CBC, NBC, Rogers and the NHL.

Of course, it remains to be seen just how much the NHL is worth in a bidding war that would include over-the-air networks like NBC, cable networks like ESPN and FOX and such streaming services as DAZN and Amazon Prime.

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Ive already resigned myself to no hockey this season.  The owners are asking for the moon.  The players have to contend with FAR less money AND a huge health risk as well as leaving their families.  Vegas a Blue Jackets already have multiple players testing positive for covid.  And were just starting the sexond wave of suck.  Were on a month long lockdown right now where I am.  Cant even be out after 10 so that rules out hockey games.

I really wish I had a way to watch the euro leagues.  Dare I say Im genuinely interested.

Posted by ThatGuy on 11/25/20 at 10:07 AM ET

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The owners are asking for the moon.

OK.

I really wish I had a way to watch the euro leagues.

I hope I’m not breaking a rules but…

On Hockey Dot TV

 

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 11/25/20 at 11:03 AM ET

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The players have to contend with FAR less money AND a huge health risk as well as leaving their families. 
Posted by ThatGuy on 11/25/20 at 10:07 AM ET

Sorry but if I’m a player, I’m playing, even at a reduced rate, its better than bagging groceries.
Covid isn’t a death sentence, and NHL careers are both limited and never guaranteed beyond the contract they’re playing under. 

Millions of schleps have been getting up and going to work in 2020 for their regular pay, if an NHL athlete doesn’t want to make their millions, we’re not full blown communist yet, they can stay home.

As far as these HUGE health risks, they take HUGE risks playing hockey, more so than dealing with Covid and could just as easily get this out and about as they could working, and they’re in incredible shape to deal with it.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 11/25/20 at 01:22 PM ET

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Ty

Posted by ThatGuy on 11/25/20 at 05:40 PM ET

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Sorry but if I’m a player, I’m playing, even at a reduced rate, its better than bagging groceries.
Covid isn’t a death sentence, and NHL careers are both limited and never guaranteed beyond the contract they’re playing under.

Millions of schleps have been getting up and going to work in 2020 for their regular pay, if an NHL athlete doesn’t want to make their millions, we’re not full blown communist yet, they can stay home.

As far as these HUGE health risks, they take HUGE risks playing hockey, more so than dealing with Covid and could just as easily get this out and about as they could working, and they’re in incredible shape to deal with it.

Posted by MurrayChadwick

The league and the PA negotiated a deal in July, and now the owners want more. The players already took a haircut on this, and it’s not like covid snuck up on anybody since then. Yea, they want to play, but now they’re supposed to take ANOTHER pay cut AND have to put up with stringent covid protocols, and possibly even “bubble” situations where they may not eat a home cooked meal for months at a time, leaving out the reports of crap food and amenities the playoff teams went thru this year. The league doesn’t even know HOW they’re going to do all of this, or what all they’ll ask of the players.

As far as “risk” goes, one risk does not justify another. Both sides signed their contracts in good faith, knowing the risks of playing hockey. Now there’s another big risk (maybe not to the players - possible long-term effects notwithstanding - but their families, neighbors, etc) piled on top of it.

Posted by Steeb on 11/25/20 at 05:40 PM ET

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