NYT: Bargaining for Rights in Exchange for NHL in Olympics (UPD: Daly in Sochi)
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03-15-2013, 02:18 PM
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He is probably talking about the fact that NA leagues don't like 'inter-league' competition. As in, the Champions Hockey League will never be taken seriously by the NHL because the NHL simply doesn't want to take it seriously. The NHL seems to view that sort of competition as somehow demeaning to their own product.
North American leagues love their basic 1 league, 1 regular season, 1 playoff format. The prospect of Cups, Invitationals, international breaks, loans, promotion/relegation,etc..., things that are absolutely standard fare on the rest of the planet, but they seem to frighten and confuse most North Americans.
Well, then that's a far fry from "hating any kind of change".
Basically what you're saying is that in the 4 sports in which North America has been historically dominant and in which the domestic leagues are by far and away the world's most elite level of competition, nobody is really interested in turning everything upside-down for the sake of looking more like European competition... for its own sake. Well, that's no different than someone from Europe rolling their eyes at the suggestion that all the world's best soccer players should go play in the EPL and hold a single club championship tournament every year. It's two completely different modes of operation, of
there is resistance to change between them.
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