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The Topics Gary Bettman Discussed Last Night

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Here are a list of five things we learned from Bettman’s media availability:

A decision on the NHL’s participation in the 2022 Olympics will be made on a timetable established by the NHL and the NHL alone

Bettman was asked about recent comments from IIHF president Rene Fasel about needing an answer from the NHL by August. The commissioner didn’t mince words.

“He also said last summer that he wanted an answer by December, and he didn’t get one,” said Bettman. “So we’re going to have to see. I actually think that the deadline is really more one that we would have to impose in terms of logistics. My guess is if at a point in time we said we wanted to go and we could handle the timing of it, my guess is the IIHF could as well.

“That doesn’t mean that I don’t take Rene seriously, but he already gave us one deadline that came and went.”

So when is the NHL’s deadline?

“I don’t know. I’ll know it when I see it, when we get there,” Bettman said....

Puck and player tracking is nearly a reality

The puck and player tracking that you’re seeing on Sportsnet and NBC broadcasts from all-star weekend will be up and running by the playoffs, according to Bettman.

The league then intends to have it fully operational for the entire 2020-21 season — giving fans access to a whole treasure trove of information about the sport with the help of chips planted in each player’s sweater and the puck.

“It’ll be, as a fan and a viewer, what you want it to be,” said Bettman. “You’ll be able to watch the game as you’ve always watched it traditionally if that’s what you want. There’ll be broadcast enhancements that the broadcasters can use either on the primary screen or on secondary screens....

a bit more on each of the above plust three other topics...

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Puck and player tracking is nearly a reality

The puck and player tracking that you’re seeing on Sportsnet and NBC broadcasts from all-star weekend will be up and running by the playoffs, according to Bettman.

The league then intends to have it fully operational for the entire 2020-21 season — giving fans access to a whole treasure trove of information about the sport with the help of chips planted in each player’s sweater and the puck.

“It’ll be, as a fan and a viewer, what you want it to be,” said Bettman. “You’ll be able to watch the game as you’ve always watched it traditionally if that’s what you want. There’ll be broadcast enhancements that the broadcasters can use either on the primary screen or on secondary screens….

They have the NASCAR version of this and I do find it fascinating.  While it takes up severe real estate on the TV screen, I’m hoping they got it figured out where the game is still king.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/25/20 at 01:55 PM ET

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All the extra graphics created by player and puck tracking should be limited to replays and online/streaming options where the viewer can decide whether or not to have those graphics displayed. In general I find the extra graphics distracting, even on a large TV.  It completely ruins the experience on a smaller TV like you might find in a sports bar.

And for sake of my sanity, PLEASE don’t display that puck trail again. I saw them trying to sneak it into the All-Star finale and the sight of it made me want to burn a Bettman effigy.

Posted by evileye on 01/29/20 at 10:38 AM ET

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