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As the NHL Board of Governors wrapped up their meeting in sunny Florida on Friday in time for an afternoon game of golf, Bettman said there were many concerns about the players in the NHL. NHL competing in the Olympics. But he went on to say that the NHL made an Olympic commitment to its players when the collective agreement was signed before the resumption of the 2019-20 season delayed by the pandemic.
Donald Fehr, head of the NHL Players’ Association, told TSN’s Pierre LeBrun that players have been looking forward to the Games, but the league and NHLPA are both waiting for the organizing committee to provide the playbook. which will describe the rules for the athletes. COVID behavior and protocols.
There is a January 10 deadline for the NHL to finalize its pledge, but Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly has said the league could withdraw from the Games at any time due to COVID-19, although there will be a financial penalty if it does so after the deadline.
COVID is not the only problem hanging over the Games. Bettman was asked about the rise political tensions between China and the West, human rights violations and allegations of genocide against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province.
“At the end of the day, it will have to be a decision of the players, unless we agree with the (NHLJA) to the contrary,” said Bettman. “And that is why, for all reasons (provided), I am concerned.”
Bettman also announced that league revenue is expected to hit $ 5 billion this season and that the salary cap will increase by $ 1 million next season as player escrow payments decline. And if you had a fantasy about the bad coyotes moving from Arizona to Quebec, forget it. Bettman says they’re not going anywhere.