In Brief : So far it looks like the start date will still be January 1st according to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. And to reduce the issues of border crossings we might be looking at an all-Canadian division. The regular season itself would be reduced to 48-56 games from the normal 82 game schedule. And it’s still up in the air at this point if fans will be allowed in the Arenas, obviously the Team Owners want fans as it’s a huge revenue loss without them.
The NHL is hoping to return to normal, with a normal schedule, for the 2021-2022 season. But that’s a hope that is a long way off and anything can happen. With the recent surges on Covid-19 cases across the US, and with Texas exceeding the one million mark , with California not far behind, nothing is certain, even hope may have to take a backseat to reality.
The NHL has never been a huge money maker compared to other Leagues. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and even Premier League Soccer ( Football ), all make more money than the NHL. Which stands to reason as Hockey isn’t considered an American Sport, and doesn’t have the Worldwide attention of Soccer. But this also means the NHL is the most impacted financially by current situations. They have to weigh the pros and cons of staying afloat verses keeping the sport active. Somethings got to give.
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