NHL CI 2019-2020

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  1. Grafixguy

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    +1.

    Not that I would mind watching hockey all day, but restarting and completing this season is a pipe dream. Way more questions than answers.
     
  2. RoyGBiv

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    One city that's been floating around as a possibility is Las Vegas of all places. Hot, but there are plenty of empty hotel rooms to put up everyone who would need to be there.

    SMK
     
  3. cmasia

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    There are 3 Vegas arenas that would work.

    Orleans Arena, which used to host the old ECHL Wranglers games. And will be home of the new Vegas AHL team for two years, while a new arena is being built in Henderson.

    T Mobile Arena

    MGM Grand Garden, which used to host one or two Kings preseason games for 20 years.

    Running west to east, all three are only 2 miles apart, in a straight line down Tropicana Avenue.

    With no crowd adding heat to the buildings, ice would be much easier to maintain.
     
  4. lacubs

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    and if they play 3 games a day in them arenas , they could finished the the rest of the regular season , and than the playoffs, it could work with 3 areas
     
  5. TANK

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    What about the Canadian teams ? Crossing into the USA might be more difficult now because of Covid-19 .

    So what happens if any city with games becomes a hot spot ? Do you quarantine all teams plus employees for 14 days ?
    What if a player or coach gets sick and dies ? Is it really worth it , just to finish the season ?

    I doubt the NHL will be losing any fans if the rest of the season isn't played .
     
  6. James Long

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    People die all the time. Isn't hockey more important than life itself?

    The idea of a compressed season of any sport ruins the normal flow of the competition. A player who gets injured and must sit out for a couple of weeks becomes a season ending injury? No recovery time between games/matches is not healthy for the players. Players who have not recovered from the last game or who are saving their energy for the next more important game will change the way the players play - and change the sport itself.

    While some sports seasons seem to drag on forever the idea of binge playing just to get the games in and pretend that the season was "normal" is not playing the sport. They might as well create an iHockey computer program and simulate the matches.

    BTW: Life is more important than hockey.
     
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  7. Grafixguy

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    Interesting quote from other article in Post. https://nypost.com/2020/04/23/nhl-team-planning-may-15-workouts-ahead-of-possible-restart/
    "The Post has learned that at least one NHL team has told its players to be prepared to report on May 15 to begin informal workouts that would precede a training camp of up to three weeks"

    That puts the season restarting around June 1st.
    June and part of July for the season to completed.
    Playoffs starting Monday July 13th. ( My best guess )
    Cup finals ending around early Sept.

    So does the NHL just take a long weekend off and start training camps in early Sept ?

    I can't see the players union allowing this drastic change in the schedule without a vote by members . Some players would be playing for 13 months straight if they make it to the Cup Finals next season. Not to mention being away from family for 3-4 months this year .

    So who gets television rights to these games in the USA ? Simulcast for local team's RSN's ?


    I just don't see any upside for the NHL to start up again. No money from ticket sales,parking, concession stands ,beer because of empty arenas. I doubt any new tv money . Are National NHL TV contracts coming up where high TV ratings would help ?
     
  9. schmave1

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    Geesh.
    Just trash the end of the regular season and go straight to the playoffs.
     
  10. inkahauts

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    Not sure if it’s the same as the nba, but in the nba they have to play a certain number of regular seasons games to get their full contracts from the rsns. Could be part of the reason they would want to play out the season.

    Also playing a few more regular season games gets them into a better rhythm going into the playoffs.

    I see no reason not to finish the season, and then push the start of next season a bit to give a break between seasons.

    And I am positive it would get big ratings since people are starved for anything new. Everyone who would go to a game will watch on tv.
     
  11. lacubs

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    i use to think that way but how would that be fair to the last few teams chasing a playoff spot?
     
  12. zmancartfan

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    Especially because not every team has played the same number of games.

    I’m not convinced that the ratings would be all that great. People are bored at home and are ready to get out. Sitting at home watching 9 games a day might not be on the radar for a good portion of the population.
     
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  14. trh

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    And then take a weekend off and start next season?

    Running out of time unless they did an abbreviated playoff.

    I would not be in favor of the regular season OT/shootouts format during the playoffs.
     
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  15. Grafixguy

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    I for one can't believe they haven't canceled it yet but with that said, one of the points Bettman made was that next season could be pushed back.
     
  16. TANK

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    If you push back the start of 20-21 season,then you have a real short off season for 21-22
     
  17. James Long

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    Split the difference instead of having back to back seasons.

    Unless the are some contractual reasons that could be satisfied by whatever they can cook up for this season I'd say take this year off. I believe most of the push from all sports to have a year is the contracts. Sponsors who pay for a sport don't want to pay unless there are games - or other content that is worth paying for. Advertisers need to get value out of their contracts. Broadcasters need something they can sell. Can the leagues provide compelling content and not just some slapped together excuse for a season?
     
  18. zmancartfan

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    In my opinion it’s 100% about the money and nothing more. The league has taken years off before, but it has been because of lockouts or strikes when contracts were being negotiated. This year the contracts are firmly in effect. Canceling the remainder of the season would have a tremendous impact on not only per-team revenue (NHL revenue loss due to coronavirus 2020 | Statista) but also future league-wide amounts such as revenue sharing and even cap space.

    Look, I’m by no means an expert about the interplay between the various agreements, but I have to imagine that the biggest and most compelling reason for the NHL to even be considering returning this year is to satisfy existing contracts in hopes that it mitigates future losses.

    I have to wonder if they’ll really care much about viewership other than as far as it has intangible value in terms of fan engagement. I’m thinking there are other - bigger - contracts that could be breached if they don’t return, and that’s what’s driving this.

    If nothing else, wouldn’t rushing any form of remaining season followed closely by the next season risk tremendous injury? After all, most gyms are closed as are sheets of ice. I’m thinking these guys are not likely to return in 100% physical condition. There has to be a cost/benefit analysis going on that has some pretty big dollar signs on the right side of that equation.
     
  19. TANK

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    New article-
    The NHL's coronavirus pause: The keys to play resuming
    The NHL's coronavirus pause: The keys to play resuming, latest on the 2020 draft, testing and more

    Does anyone really think Bettman and the NHL can get all the moving pieces to align ? After reading this article I just see nothing but problems.

    Is it going to be a penalty or ejection for spitting? How many players sitting on the bench spit out on the ice during the game ? MLB outlawed spitting and sunflower seeds.

    How many members of a team must test positive before the whole team is quarantined ? Dr Fauci said 4 out of 59 NFL players was enough for quarantine of the whole team . What about coaches and the rest of the staff ?
     

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