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04-03-2017, 02:54 PM
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NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/n...olympic-games/



Going to be real easy to skip out on this league going forward. Ill still lurk/post since theres such interesting posts here, but I just dont really care anymore about the league.

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We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018.

And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the Clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 Regular Season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.”


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Going to be real easy to skip out on this league going forward. Ill still lurk, but I just dont really care anymore.
why? Because the players aren't going to the Olympics? Stupid reason to boycott the entire league.


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Pyeongchang is in North Korea by the way!

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it truly sucks for the fans and the growing of the game in general. but at the end of the day there is money involved and its all that really matters.

At least the lower end teams will all have a chance now. cause the Sid/McDavid combo was about to eat everyones lunch

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This was the right call. Absolutely no incentive for the league to put their assets out there with nothing in return.

I will still watch pending timezones as it's still about the crest on the front.

Now the NHL can deal with their multiple fires on this front instead.

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This was the right call. Absolutely no incentive for the league to put their assets out there with nothing in return.

I will still watch pending timezones as it's still about the crest on the front.

Now the NHL can deal with their multiple fires on this front instead.
What incentive is there to go 2022 in China ?

I as a leagues fan don't see a single dime.

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What incentive is there to go 2022 in China ?

I as a leagues fan don't see a single dime.
In reality, there's none in China either. Better off to invest in a Chinese domestic league.

They're go to say there's entering this big untapped market but there will be no follow-up to build on it. Same as every other Olympics but I'm sure their spin will be different.

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Pyeongchang is in North Korea by the way!
You are confusing the Olympic host with Pyongyang which is in North Korea.

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Ah well atleast we have the WCoH! I wonder where they will host it in 2020...

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why? Because the players aren't going to the Olympics? Stupid reason to boycott the entire league.
NHL took away something I've loved since Gr6, and am now taking it away now that Im 30. Its really no different than someone disliking a league if their team moves.


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Meh. I'm actually okay with this. I'm not a huge fan of the Olympics being all the big pro athletes garnished with a bunch of hopeless also-rans. Plus, it might be kinda fun to see which NHLers decide to revolt and go anyway.

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I'm looking forward to some more heart and soul in the games. Some guys seizing an opportunity to prove themselves in a spotlight they rarely get.

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Ah well atleast we have the WCoH! I wonder where they will host it in 2020...
Obviously Toronto and Montreal because the NHL is so good at growing the game!

The only good thing about the WCoH was Team North America and they're probably going to dump that team.

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Absolutely disgusting decision from the owners.

Bettman has to be the worst comissioner ever. He gave us 3 lockouts and now he's not allowing the players of his league to participate in the olympics (is there any other sport league that does that? Doubt it).

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Will be interesting to see what happens with guys like Ovie

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Absolutely disgusting decision from the owners.

Bettman has to be the worst comissioner ever. He gave us 3 lockouts and now he's not allowing the players of his league to participate in the olympics (is there any other major team sport that does that? Doubt it).
Olympic hockey was a lot more fun without them, to be honest.

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I was going to make a post about how this was all Eugene Melnyk's work because "something something Karlsson playing against Canada", but I'll digress from being stupid

But in all seriousness, the quote the op posted is 100% logically sound and accurate. Not really sure what all the fuss is about?

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Absolutely disgusting decision from the owners.

Bettman has to be the worst comissioner ever. He gave us 3 lockouts and now he's not allowing the players of his league to participate in the olympics (is there any other sport league that does that? Doubt it).
Actually he might be the best commissioner this league has ever had. You realize that he is an employee of the owner's right? He makes them money, he keeps his job. Look at what league revenues are now compared to when he first started. 'Night and Day' does not even begin to describe it. And that is before even mentioning how much he has grown the game in markets that otherwise would not have teams or even hockey in general.

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Olympic hockey was a lot more fun without them, to be honest.
Yeah.. I prefer more amateurish pros from the KHL, other European leagues and the AHL.

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Two points of contention:

1) With the players. A whole lot of players are going to be pissed and some might even still try to go. Then again, might serve as an easy giveaway to the players in order for them to give up more of the pie in the next round of negotiations for the Beijing games that the NHL will actually want to go to.

2) With NBC. They've got to be livid, as they've sunk a huge amount of money into both the Olympics and the NHL, and for a couple of weeks they have competing products when instead they wanted to have a unified front to use the games to promote the NHL.

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I hope this means the IOC or IIHF makes a rule that nations use their U-20 teams. I really want to see the World Juniors replicated on the Olympic stage. It would be a great event, close games, and its still a high quality of hockey.

It's about the crest on the front of the jersey and representing your country.

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Two points of contention:

1) With the players. A whole lot of players are going to be pissed and some might even still try to go. Then again, might serve as an easy giveaway to the players in order for them to give up more of the pie in the next round of negotiations for the Beijing games that the NHL will actually want to go to.

2) With NBC. They've got to be livid, as they've sunk a huge amount of money into both the Olympics and the NHL, and for a couple of weeks they have competing products when instead they wanted to have a unified front to use the games to promote the NHL.
Add to that, the NHL passed on them for the WCoH that only a hardcore NHL apologist would deny bombed on tv and interest.

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Will be interesting to see what happens with guys like Ovie
IIRC Leonsis already said that if the league bowed out he'd still support Ovechkin playing for Team Russia.

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Two points of contention:

1) With the players. A whole lot of players are going to be pissed and some might even still try to go. Then again, might serve as an easy giveaway to the players in order for them to give up more of the pie in the next round of negotiations for the Beijing games that the NHL will actually want to go to.

2) With NBC. They've got to be livid, as they've sunk a huge amount of money into both the Olympics and the NHL, and for a couple of weeks they have competing products when instead they wanted to have a unified front to use the games to promote the NHL.
Canadian TV can not be thrilled either. CBC paid a lot of money for the Olympic rights based mainly on hockey.

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Absolutely disgusting decision from the owners.

Bettman has to be the worst comissioner ever. He gave us 3 lockouts and now he's not allowing the players of his league to participate in the olympics (is there any other sport league that does that? Doubt it).
Did you even read? The NHL is the only major sports league that stops for the Olympics. The NHL is officially not participating but individual players are still contracted to their teams and their teams can give permission.

On the business side, there's a huge amount of insurance and revenue and legal work that needs to be done.

It's right for the NHL not to kowtow to the corrupt IOC. It's a greedy money-making organization filled with entitled bosses like FIFA. Last time around, the IOC agreed to help pay the insurance costs. This time it refused. They also refused any compromises the NHL asked for like buying a few home games or making the NHL an official sponsor like Coke/McDonalds which they also refused. Probably because the the NHL doesn't pay them 2 billion dollars like Coke/McDonalds do.

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Canadian TV can not be thrilled either. CBC paid a lot of money for the Olympic rights based mainly on hockey.
Do you really think people in this country (or several others) are really not going to watch Olympic Hockey just because Crosby, Getzlaf, Price, etc are not there? It is still Olympic hockey, and if you really want to get technical, the Olympics are supposed to be amateur athletes in the first place.

I am fine with this.

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