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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

ESPN: Do you think there needs to be more than one network provider?

Wirtz: I don't know. That's certainly something for the league to decide and look at. But I think they'll certainly look at all options and what can be provided and what cannot. And like I said, technology is moving so quickly, we haven't even gotten to 4K [for NHL broadcasts], and we're already talking about the next iteration on top of that. I think we're going to get down, you're going to be like you're sitting right on the ice for these games. I'll tell you what: If you think you know today, by tomorrow it's going to be completely different.

ESPN: I think a lot of fans are concerned about the potential for a work stoppage in the NHL, especially as things seem to be pretty good right now from a growth and revenue front. Is there anything you can say to calm those fears, an owner?

Wirtz: No, I mean I think it's a fair system. The players get the same get as the owners get. You see the success of Las Vegas and certainly what might be going on in Seattle going forward -- certainly the fans out there are excited about it. Just like the fans, I hope there's not a work stoppage. I would hate to see that. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed not to see it because the game has grown so much, and the excitement -- it's gotten so fast and so young, I think it would be a shame for any kind of work stoppage that would happen.


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