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by George Malik on 07/18/13 at 04:29 PM ET
So my theory goes like this: aside from the NHL attempting to negotiate a 2014 Olympic participation agreement with the ever-slow-moving International Olympic Committee, the plucky IIHF, the NHLPA and of course the Russian government, the NHL decided that it'd get in on the "Sharknado" buzz by choosing a natural disaster-based-name to generate excitement about its 2013-2014 regular season schedule, which must not be released before the parameters of an Olympic participation agreement are hashed out.
Regrettably, according to my non-existent sock puppet sources, the NHL had to choose a natural disaster at random, and when Gary Bettman's hand came out of the hat, he'd found out that he'd picked the Dense Fog Advisory.
p> So, the NHL's Schedule Fognado continues:
This is just a guess, but if the NHL wasn't able to convince the IOC and IIHF to sign off on a deal during the two summer days when there were no MLB games taking place, we're going to be in for a wait of at least another week or two.
That may suck for people trying to plan their fall and winter itineraries, but let me put it this way:
1. The Sochi Olympics are such a clusterfuck of tacitly-endorsed corruption and construction delays based upon palm-greasing that it's scary;
2. The lack of an infrastructure in place for the players and their families plays a HUGE role here as there are both facilities not in place and there are massive security concerns given Sochi's proximity to Georgia, South Ossieta, Dagestan, Chechynya, etc. etc.;
3. The IOC has already agreed to pick up the massive cost of insuring players' contracts, but it's not keen on the concept that the NHL wants both media and medical access to players, nor that it wants a piece of the $$ pie;
4. The IIHF, of course, represents European interests and not the best interests of the NHL, USA Hockey or Hockey Canada;
5. Yes, by the way, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and other international federations like the Russian Hockey Federation have to be happy with the deal;
6. And the PA has to report back to the players and get approval from them, just as the NHL has to keep its owners in the loop, so the, "Reporting to stakeholders" part is part of the delay here.
So its gonna take the time it takes to hammer the agreement out, and in the interim, we wait.
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