Jun 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; NHL deputy commissioner Gary Bettman (right) and deputy commissioner Bill Daly at a press conference before game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bettman Talks NHL Players in Olympics and State of Phoenix Coyotes

Two of the biggest topics in the NHL were discussed during Gary Bettman’s news conference that takes place every season before the Stanley Cup Finals begin. The NHL commissioner dives into the status of players being able to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games and the Phoenix Coyotes.

The issue between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee are video rights that are exclusive to the IOC. All of the video that’s able to be accessed to everyone including consumers like us is all distributed by the IOC; NBC is just a company that has the broadcast rights to it.

If neither party comes to an agreement, the players may be locked out of playing in the Olympics. They’ve been playing in the event since 1998.

As for the Coyotes franchise, it’s been known for a while that they’ll soon be on the move, but things look pretty bleak at the moment.

Bettman said that “time is getting short” for the Glendale, Ariz., City Council to approve the sale of the Coyotes to a Canadian-based ownership group.

[Deputy commissioner Bill] Daly said that if nothing was resolved soon, “it certainly means that it’s possible that the team won’t play there next year.” He added that it would take more time to release the 2013-14 schedule because it was unclear whether the Coyotes would remain in Arizona.

Bettman wouldn’t announce what candidates there are the favorites to pick up the franchise, but it’s favorable that they’ll land in Seattle.

[Source: The New York Times]

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