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Report- CBC Will Pay Less For Sochi Games If NHL Players Don’t Participate

from Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter,

Canada’s CBC network this week secured the local broadcast and digital rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, but with a twist.

The pubcaster isn’t talking terms for its contract for the Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Games with the IOC, but the speculation is the CBC will pay less if the National Hockey League doesn’t send its pro players to Sochi.

Whether NHL players participate in the Winter Olympics will be decided during the current negotiations on a new labor deal between the pro hockey league and the NHL Player’s Association.

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Never ever say the Canadians are dumb.

And remember this is a major shot across the NHL management bow.

I would love to see the film “Good Cop, Bon Cop” again and laugh at a media view of that thar management.  lol

Oops wasn’t that film produced in Canada?  . . . .  hahahahaha

Posted by bobbo from Romeo, Michigan on 08/04/12 at 01:12 AM ET

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Never ever say the Canadians are dumb.

And remember this is a major shot across the NHL management bow.

I don’t see that reasoning in the new games rights. All it says is that CBC will pay less to the IOC if NHL and NBA don’t send players. Where is the shot across the bow? The NHL doesn’t benefit from the CBC deal. I doubt it will have any effect on their decision.

Posted by timbits on 08/04/12 at 03:09 AM ET

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it’s typical way networks are making these deals these days. i don’t blame cbc for their position. nbc is barley breaking even from the summer Olympics and the ads are making up for the cost ridiculous bid to put Olympics on tv in the first place. Olympics should be on cable or pay per view model.

Posted by FlyersFan on 08/04/12 at 03:21 AM ET

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The Olympics are a shell of their former self.  Without the NBA guys who would really have any interest in the Summer Olympics.  The end of the Cold War ruined the drama that was the Olympics.

Olympic hockey is actually the most legit event.  Several countries have a shot at the Gold Medal.  I think hockey fans around the world come together and really enjoy the competition. 

It would be foolish in the long run for the NHL to stay home.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/04/12 at 01:25 PM ET

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I think hockey fans around the world come together and really enjoy the competition. 

It would be foolish in the long run for the NHL to stay home.

As a fan I agree. I like the NHL players in the Olympics. From the NHL perspective, I totally understand their resistance. They have to shut down in the middle of the season. No other league would ever do that. They have to deal with the Russians and KHL. The NHL wants them to respect the contracts. The only reason the KHL is semi cooperating right now is because of the Olympic threat. Once it is over, they go back to being pirates and the NHL knows this. They want stronger authority to deal with the KHL.  BTW this will never happen, because a Russian court will NEVER uphold a NHL contract. The NHL and players make no money off of Olympic participation. The NHL wants a share if it is going to shut down mid season. Lastly, the NHL players want to play in the games, especially the Euorpeans, the NHL won’t give it away without concession from the NHLPA.

The NHL is acting in a perfectly rational way when it comes to the Olympics. My guess is the league will go to the games in the end, but only after playing hardball on the issue.

Posted by timbits on 08/04/12 at 01:37 PM ET

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Without the NBA guys who would really have any interest in the Summer Olympics.

Um, most people in the world who have any interest in the Olympics?

Posted by Garth on 08/04/12 at 01:52 PM ET

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Wise guy.  Glad i made your day.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/05/12 at 12:32 AM ET

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