2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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12-31-2012, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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I remember much talk about how whether there would be olympic participation...
I dont really know either, as you say, it hasnt been brought up much, nor discussed. The NHL isnt getting a fair shake from the IOC though, no share of Broadcast Revenues for effectively shutting down for 2wks, providing the talent for what are effectively the "glamour events" of the Winter Games. Theres also the issue of insurance & club access to the players during the Olympics which is restricted. Theres no love lost between the NHL & Rene Fasel who is not only the head of the IIHF but also sits on the IOC Board as Director of Hockey. Pretty messed up situation really. I do sympathize with the NHL on this issue, and really, unless the IOC coughs up, Id be pulling participation, creating a World Cup or whatever to replace Olympic participation altogether.
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