NYT: Bargaining for Rights in Exchange for NHL in Olympics (UPD: Daly in Sochi)
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03-13-2013, 12:26 PM
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A few more details from NHL version of Daly et al leaving Sochi.
If the League does decide to go to Sochi, it will have to institute a lengthy pause in the regular-season schedule. The 2014 Winter Olympics run from Feb. 7-23. Daly said in order to accommodate that window the League will need an extended break of 17 or 18 days.
"We are trying to work through and find solutions that make it sensible for us to shut down our season and come to Sochi with, estimates are, about 170-180 NHL Players," Daly told Sovietsky Sport. "So that's the goal."
Daly said that he saw nothing during his tour of the facilities that would preclude participation by NHL players.
Daly even said a less than ideal game schedule during the Olympics -- Sochi is eight to 11 hours ahead of North America -- can be overcome. With the time difference, many of the marquee games featuring the United States and Canada would air in the morning or early afternoon.
"We've seen a copy of the [Olympic hockey] schedule and will work with NBC and CBC to maximize time slots," Daly said. It's not an ideal situation for North American TV but we'll do the best we can."
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