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NHL asking teams to provide availability for August home games

The NHL has asked teams to provide potential home dates for games should the league be able to get going.

On a Tuesday episode of TSN insiders, Bob McKenzie said the league is trying to examine their options with playoffs as late as August.

“The National Hockey League did request from each of its 31 member clubs to provide available home dates for the month of August. What we can start to figure out here, is if we’re going to have a playoffs that have 2020 in front of them, there’s a real good chance it could be as late as August.”

The league has also asked players and staff to self-quarantine through April 6th — a ten-day extension of their original ask. Why is the league trying so hard to finish the 2019-20 season? Here’s what Frank Seravalli had to say:

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“You can bet the NHL will do whatever it takes, no matter how hot it is, to get back on the ice. Because what’s at stake is a potential revenue loss of north of $1 billion if this 2019-20 season does not resume. And so everyone’s wondering if there could be some sort of bailout coming in the form of an insurance recovery. Well the NHL does not believe there’s going to be any meaningful insurance payout that’s on the way. And that affects both the owners and players. Because when you look at it, players are on the hook 50/50 of the revenue split.”

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