Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met the press at his end-of-season news conference Tuesday, and served up a few gems regarding the Olympics.
First, Jacobs expressed the legitimate concern he and other paycheck-writers have about losing his millionaire players while footing the bill for potential injuries suffered under the Olympic rings.
“When you stop and think about it,” said Jacobs, “should we take those weeks out of our season, turn it off, continue to depend on these players to perform for us when they get back, if they get back, if they come back in good condition?”
The radical idea of moving hockey to the Summer Olympics is one that Hockeytalk wishes would gain some traction, but likely never will. The World Cup of hockey, including not only the 2016 incarnation but those in decades past, prove that hockey in September works just fine. It would certainly clear the track for the NHL since the league would have little conflict other than its training camp schedule—the regular season would see no impact. Consider the league shutting down for three weeks in a month as vital as February, when only the NBA serves as direct competition.
“They won’t embrace it, so it is what it is,” said Jacobs of the Summer idea.
Clearly, Korea represents a major time zone hassle for the league as well, and for marketing purposes, it’s not exactly China, which is where the league salivates when it considers the 2022 Games.
“Korea doesn’t really help the situation at all. The time zones are so totally different. If you want to watch here at 2 or 3 in the morning, OK.”
Then Jacobs brought in the funny:
“I think the four people that watch it don’t justify it.”