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02-13-2013, 09:53 PM
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Players Association head Donald Fehr, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel and a representative of the International Olympic Committee are to meet Thursday and Friday, mainly about NHL participation in the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

All four sides agree they want NHL players there, but there are key issues to resolve before a deal is done. No one has set a deadline, so there should still be time to reach an agreement even if it doesn't happen this week.
The NHL and the players association have similar takes on the Games. They want to go, but they also want something in return for handing over the world's best players for 16 days in mid-season to a tournament that is one of the IOC's biggest money makers.

It is not so much a cut of the money they are after as that they'd like some things that currently are reserved for broadcast rights holders, like being able to freely use video highlights and other media from the Games on their websites, and to use the Olympic rings.

The IOC is highly protective of its logo and media availability.

The NHL would also like better accommodations and more access to tickets, and wants access for team doctors and guarantees of proper medical equipment and facilities.

The NHLPA also has concerns about insurance coverage for players at summer orientation camps.
The group is also to discuss reviving the World Cup of Hockey, which was held in 1996 and 2004 but then vanished.

There is talk of holding it every four years, midway between Olympic years, likely in September. They may also discuss whether it is worth holding a world championship during Olympic years.

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