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03-05-2013, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
The NHL (the league) does not stand to gain much from shortening their revenue-generating operations so that their workforce can participate in games that will be airing on tape delay in North America. The IOC on the other hand, is going to have a hell of a time getting people in the stands and eyeballs on the TV sets if NHL players aren't involved.

The NHL allowed their workforce to participate in the Vancouver games because they knew it would garner interest from casual sports fans in North America. Time zone is a huge factor here. A hockey game at 4am on a weeknight is not not compelling tv for Joe Schmoe in Wisconsin.
Well we can agree to disagree here, I mean its not like olympic hockey didnt exist before 1998 iifc. And isnt it the NHLPA thats spearheading the involvement in the games? Your comment makes it seem like the scenario from a player is "Oh gee wizz do we have to go id rather stay home." Most, if not all players WANT to go, they dont have to. im not saying that as fact just my sense of things. The league and the owners group im pretty sure would rather not be there.

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