Morning Free Association: Arenas Wanted

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Yesterday, Gary Bettman told a group of sports business leaders that the NHL is currently working on a plan that can bring teams back to play safely. This plan involves looking into 8 potential arenas, preferably ones in which the NHL already plays, locations that meet a certain set of criteria.

This plan would involve having up to 12 teams play all their games at a certain arena, with multiple games being played daily between the teams. NHL arenas are already set up with multiple locker rooms which allow for rotation of teams in and out while other rooms are sanitized in between use.

Another of the criteria involves housing, requirements that hotels can safely accommodate multiple teams of players, coaching staff, training staff, and other team staff. With 12 teams, these numbers can add up quickly.

Bettman stressed that part of this return would require having independent medical staff able to determine that players don’t test positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, so as to not take testing or medical personnel away from the communities.

“I am told that there can be enough capacity, and certainly over the next couple of months, there will be more capacity,” Commissioner Bettman said. “But that is a fundamental question, and we certainly can’t be jumping the line in front of medical needs.”

At this point, there is no timeline. The NHL has the ability to push back the start of next season into December. At this point, Bettman wants to award the Stanley Cup to the ultimate victor of the 2019-2020 season, and he may be forced to do so due to television contractual obligations. While owners will not see gate proceeds from Stanley Cup Playoff games due to prohibitions on large crowds due to the pandemic, the league and it’s partners will not have to pay back certain monies to broadcast partners.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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I wonder how many arenas they intend to actually use – 3 of the 8?
12 teams are a lot.
I wonder how many of the ~24 teams that are still contenders play the bottom feeders in the last few games of the season.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It looks like they’re doing everything possible to ensure the season can resume safely. I do think it would be good for public morale as well as having economic benefits, although I can also understand the reasoning of those who’d rather see the season written off.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. So what were we talking about yesterday regarding hot things being hot? I had a fight with my cup of tea and got a lovely blister on my finger. Sympathy pain for Little Bear!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh no!
And yesterday evening I took a half chili out of the fridge and then immediately rubbed my eye. Hot things being hot in a different way!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Was painting the ceiling over a stairway last night. Got paint spatter in my eye (was wearing my daily lenses, not safety goggles, and they were slipping), and tons of perspiration – which really stings.
Of course, I am part alien (acid blood, you know)
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Hmmm… perhaps that’s why I had a hard time getting dates in high school.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hmmm… perhaps that’s why I had a hard time getting dates in high school

I bet it was the secondary mouth. A real turn off.
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

But he was a hit at the talent shows!
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

We’re doing great this week! lol

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning!!!
Wifi in Monroe!!! The folks a few doors down have it and share with most of the town. Sweet.
Went to buy plants and seeds yesterday. They had a big sign up – Please wear a mask inside. Of course there was one moron. I saw his wife put hers on and sigm=nal him to do the same. He acted like he would, but as soon as she looked at plants again, he dropped it, started wandering the wrong way down aisles. I hate to appear prejudiced, but this guy had loads of dough and a privileged air about him. I really gave him what for. “what? Oh, a mask, yes, of course” as if he had no idea. I really wanted to smack that silly face of his. WTF?
Looks like a beautiful day for some yard work!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

People are the worst.

It is wonderful out! Window open, fresh air! Love it!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Good for you.

I really don’t understand why people can’t just follow the very simple instructions. Do they drive on the wrong side of the road when they feel like it?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I went for a quick drive yesterday, and seemingly the whole town was out & about. pedestrians on every street, and no-one wearing masks.
There’s 250 *active* cases of the virus in our town, and over 30 people have died, so no biggie.

At least the majority of folks in stores have been wearing masks. Most stores have got greeters who won’t let you in if you aren’t masked & gloved.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

masks are mandatory in public in Connecticut as of 10 pm last night. doctor’s note will get you out of wearing one…… I guess any illegible scribble will do.?