NHL teams consider outdoor games for new season: report


NHL teams are innovating to increase their income in the midst of a new season still affected by the pandemic and one such idea includes hosting several outdoor games, according to reports.

The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are exploring the possibility of hosting outdoor games in hopes of having fans in attendance – something that should happen before fans are only allowed to attend indoor events, Athleticism reported Thursday.

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Outdoor games are certainly a fan favorite, but the ice conditions are not always ideal for players.

According to the report, the league pitched the idea of ​​hosting more outdoor games for all 31 teams in November, but teams from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington and Minnesota all declined. .

The NHL already has a few games a year played away from home, including the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series. More outdoor games would provide a much needed increase in income for teams hard hit by the pandemic.

Commissioner Gary Bettman recently warned players that the financial burden will fall on them, it’s only a matter of time.

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“If we have to pay a lot of money, two-thirds of which are going to come back to us, it can cause stress,” Bettman said Wednesday. “And similarly, if players owe us more money than anyone imagined, the salary cap may well be stable or close to zero for the next five or six years, and players in the future will pay it back. what is due to us. “

The new NHL collective bargaining agreement between players and owners agreed in July, currently calls for players to defer 10% of their salary for the coming season and sets a cap on the amount of money that will be kept on hand third over time. of the case.

Sources told The Associated Press that the league has raised the possibility of players increasing salary deferrals to 20% or 26% and increasing escrow caps, although Bettman called the claims “unfortunate” and “inaccurate”.

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The league is set to play a shortened season, which could feature as few as 48 games, but the exact start date remains unclear.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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