Commissioner Bateman says the NHL ‘feels normal’ after the pandemic

Denver – Commissioner Gary Pittman said Wednesday that the NHL has generated record revenue expected to exceed $5.2 billion this season and plans to return to the normal calendar for 2022-23 as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The 2022-23 regular season will begin October 11 in North America, the commissioner announced ahead of the first game of the Stanley Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena on Wednesday. The league previously announced that the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks will play two regular games of the 2022 NHL Global Series at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on October 7 and 8.

These will be the first NHL matches in Europe since 2019. The full schedule is expected to be announced in early July.

“After two and a half years, things are actually normal,” Commissioner Bateman said. “We’re only two weeks later than usual on the calendar.”

Commissioner Bettman noted that despite having to postpone and reschedule 105 games this season due to COVID-19, the NHL will exceed its total revenue from 2018-19, its last full season before the pandemic.

“Indeed, our revenue this season will be a record, and in two years, probably creep into three years, we expect to resume the regular increases that people have been expecting from the salary cap,” Commissioner Bateman said.

Video: Gary Bateman, Bill Daly Press Conference

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley estimated that the league generated “a little more” than $4.6 billion in revenue in 2018-2019. As part of a four-year extension of the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement in 2020, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association have agreed to keep the maximum salary cap at $81.5 million until hockey-related revenue exceeds $3.3 billion for the previous season.

The extension also stipulated that the maximum salary would not rise by more than $1 million until HR reached $4.8 billion, unless the NHL and NHLPA mutually agreed to inflate it by more than $1 million. Deputy Commissioner Daly said following the March general managers meetings that he told gaming directors that the salary cap was expected to rise by $1 million to $82.5 million next season.

“What we have done is we have worked, we have done our business fundamentals, we have continued to practice NHL hockey in the toughest conditions and all of our partners, whether they are corporate partners or the media, have been extraordinarily pleased with the result,” Commissioner Buttman said. And it was the Players Association that made this possible. We are able to bring business stability and strength through.

“It didn’t mean that there weren’t challenges sometimes. It didn’t mean we didn’t have to adapt at the time…but we did what we had to do to get through it.”

Other signs of the NHL’s return to normal life include the 2022 NHL Awards in Tampa on June 21, which will be the first in-person awards show since 2019 in Las Vegas, and the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Center in Montreal in July. 7-8, which will be the first in-person draft since 2019 in Vancouver.

The NHL previously announced that the Boston Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2023 Discover the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston On January 2, the Florida Panthers will host the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida. , February 3-4, and the Carolina Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals’ 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, on February 18.

“It all seems pretty normal and normal after the last two and a half years, and it feels so great,” Commissioner Bateman said. “Our league is strong, and it’s the strongest ever. Our clubs are strong and stable, the strongest and most stable ever, our work is thriving and our snowboard is exciting.”

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