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The Latest From Rene Fasel On the Olympics

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

A final decision on National Hockey League (NHL) participation at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Games must be made by mid-July at the absolute latest, the head of the world governing body has claimed.

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel insists that any later would make it logistically impossible to find hotels and accommodation for the NHL delegation....

"The IOC is at a crossroads," he said.

"It has to decide where it wants to go.

"If it wants stars and professionals, it must take over the [technical] costs for it."

He also criticised NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for making "unrealistic" demands.

"He [Bettman] claims the same rights for the NHL as a TOP (The Olympic Programme) sponsor who pays $100 million (£77 million/€91 million)," Fasel added.

"He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

"If the IOC says yes, what do we do with athletics, swimming, gymnastics, skiing, ice skating?

"Then we would have to grant these rights to all the big sports federations.

"It is also about the principle."

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TreKronor's avatar

He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

But but but, no one watches the Olympics and the players shouldn’t be there!

Bettman is such a weasel.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/07/17 at 12:31 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Using the Olympic rings seems like a reasonable request, BUT to scuttle NHL participation over it just makes Bettman (or rather, cements his reputation as) a whiny little b!tch.

Posted by Steeb on 05/07/17 at 02:33 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

How exactly is that different from the Olympics wanting to use NHL assets and everything the NHL has built?

How is that different from the IOC profiting from the NHL *halting* their season so the NHL’s assets can do play in an exhibition showcase in some far-flung corner of the globe and make a bunch of Europeans rich?

Posted by Primis on 05/07/17 at 04:26 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

  “He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

How exactly is that different from the Olympics wanting to use NHL assets and everything the NHL has built?

How is that different from the IOC profiting from the NHL *halting* their season so the NHL’s assets can do play in an exhibition showcase in some far-flung corner of the globe and make a bunch of Europeans rich?

Posted by Primis on 05/07/17 at 04:26 PM ET

For sure the olympic movement benefits from nhl participation in the games.

That said, there is no question whatsoever that the Olympic Rings are one of the most valuable trademarks in existence. Silly perhaps, but it’s the truth and straight up, any lawyer knows (hey, look at the official NHL blurbs that Paul posts, littered with dozens of TM symbols…IP matters to the league), so Bettmann is just throwing up another hurdle.

Regardless of where one comes down on participation - and I realize that Primis is staunchly against it but most others not so much - the NHL, as always, has couched its position in cheesy lies and half-truths. The idea that Olympic hockey does nothing to grow the sport in North America is laughable at best. I don’t need to commission a fancy market study to know that a ton of people, particularly in the same southern markets that Gary dreams about every night, love Olympic hockey but then ignore the NHL regular season. That lack of carryover is a lost opportunity, not a non-existent opportunity, as Bettmann and his good foot soldier Daly have both stated.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/07/17 at 05:07 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

How exactly is that different from the Olympics wanting to use NHL assets and everything the NHL has built?

How is that different from the IOC profiting from the NHL *halting* their season so the NHL’s assets can do play in an exhibition showcase in some far-flung corner of the globe and make a bunch of Europeans rich?

The Olympics is a globally recognized event, that every remotely civilized country in the world follows, and most even participate. The NHL is at best a niche market North American league that in the US ranks something like 15th in popularity.

The IOC is probably corrupt, manipulative, and, yes, “European”, but to downplay it as an “exhibition” compared to the NHL is way off. I wouldn’t mind if they went back to amateur only games, that’s fine. You don’t think the NHL should participate, and that’s fine. But the lame excuses the NHL trots out for not participating are lame at best, and outright lies at worst. And you can bet that those arguments will be conveniently forgotten when it comes time to decide if they want to participate in the Beijing games.

Posted by Steeb on 05/07/17 at 07:21 PM ET

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Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 05/07/17 at 07:21 PM ET

yep to all of your comment.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 05/08/17 at 10:29 AM ET

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