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Trying To Keep The NHL Players In The Olympics

from the CP at TSN,

If NHL players are to continue participating in the Olympics, it's going to involve a delicate political dance.

The issue was not resolved as part of the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached by the NHL and NHL Players' Association early Sunday morning and will now need to be hammered out between those parties and two others with strong ties to Rene Fasel -- the International Ice Hockey Federation, of which Fasel is president, and the International Olympic Committee, of which he is an influential member.

It's been clear for some time the NHL is seeking to receive more of a direct benefit for closing its doors every four years in February and handing over its most important assets. The tension was evident when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Fasel held a joint press conference at the 2010 Vancouver Games and Bettman lamented being nothing more than an "invited guest" at the Olympics with no say in how the event was run....

Now the NHL is looking to get a little more out of that relationship. According to sources, the changes it is expected to seek range from smaller issues such as access to tickets, hotels and better hospitality for team owners to larger things like sponsor recognition and a loosening of the IOC's notoriously strict guidelines on images, video and media.


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Joe Z.'s avatar

Wow that’s what I call fabricating a problem. the nhl has no problem with a lockout every 7-10 years but it has a problem with a two week promotion of the game on the international level.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/08/13 at 07:36 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

It’s been clear for some time the NHL is seeking to receive more of a direct benefit for closing its doors

Enough said.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 01/09/13 at 10:54 AM ET


I like Olympic hockey fine enough, but odds are every game is going to be on at some ridiculous local time that will preclude me from ever seeing it except for the 1 time in 4 or 5 that the Olympics are held somewhere in North America.

Can’t we just tell the Olympics to go bleep themselves and re-form the World Cup, which could then be held a few weeks after the NHL season every two or three years?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/09/13 at 11:19 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

You’ve been purposely combative the past few months and now you’re going to move on to irritate people on this eh?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/09/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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