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Disclose The Injuries

from Eric Macramalla of Offside: A Sports Law Blog,

By maintaining a veil over player injuries, in part, undermines the NHL’s attempt to grab a larger market share as it prevents fans from engaging the league at a higher level. Fans don’t know what’s going on with their favourite players. As well fantasy players don’t have the necessary information they need to manage their teams effectively. And we all know how critical fantasy leagues are to generating interest in a league.


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inferno31's avatar

The NHL needs to take fantasy more seriously, it’ll never be as big as NFL fantasy (as you just have to set a team for a week etc.), but its a huge way to grow the market. If they want to compete with the other big leagues they have to attract new fans, and engage new markets. Personally I’ve done fantasy for 8 years or more now, and before I started playing I rarely ever watched other teams games, or kept tract of their players till the playoffs.

Also people aren’t stupid, we can see where a player gets hurt, don’t say lower body when its a knee on knee. Everyone knows, including the other team.

Posted by inferno31 on 11/27/10 at 07:41 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I agree, the league should take the fantasy game a little more seriously. It got the potential for high returns with very little investment.

But I don’t see how full injury disclosure is going to bring more fans in. While it may be annoying from time to time to not get at least a time-line estimate on an injury, it is not something that takes away from my enjoyment of the game. Maybe they just need to have a rosters submitted an hour or two before game time and posted online in the game previews.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/27/10 at 09:00 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

I would think that the length of the injury would be the most important thing, will it be a few weeks, the season, a couple games, etc. Exactly what it is isn’t as important. As long as fantasy people know who is in and out in time to set their rosters (or whatever the terminology is) that would probably be useful.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 11/27/10 at 09:03 PM ET

inferno31's avatar

Well sometimes its just ridiculous, if you see a player take a puck to the face why say upper body injury? We know what happened so do other teams. You’re not stopping other players targeting people who have specific injuries, everyone including opposing players almost always know where someone is hurt. Just a bit more honesty would be useful.

You guys are right though from a fantasy perspective, submit rosters 2 hours before the game starts. Maybe use an NFL system as well with - Probable, Doubtful, Out etc.

The League could make a ton of money and grow fans through fantasy if it really wanted to. As I said before I rarely watched many other teams play or tracked players, now I do it all the time. In fact since joining a keeper league with prospects etc. When I have time I check in on other leagues, and AHLers too. Its great for the game of hockey as a whole.

Posted by inferno31 on 11/27/10 at 09:14 PM ET

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