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COMMENTARY: NHL snubs 2018 Winter Olympics

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WATCH ABOVE: The NHL has announced that, for the first time since 1994, its players won't participate in the next Winter Olympics. Eric Sorensen explains why the league is shutting out the 2018 games – Apr 3, 2017

Well, the 2018 Winter Olympics just got much less interesting.

For the first time since 1994, we won’t be cheering on NHL stars at the Winter Games.

The league released a statement Monday afternoon saying it “considers the matter officially closed” and that it won’t be going to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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You can point a finger at NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman all you want, but what you should be doing is pointing a finger at your favourite franchise.

WATCH: Hockey fans react to news that the NHL won’t participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
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Reaction varied after NHL announces it won’t participate in 2018 Olympic Winter Games – Apr 3, 2017

Remember, Bettman is, at the end of the day, working for 31 team owners including the new Las Vegas franchise.

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And it’s the owners who are pulling the plug on a three-week break during the NHL’s 2017/18 regular season.

And can you blame them?

What do the owners gain by their players participating in the Olympics?

More exposure = more fans?

I’m not sure about that math.

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I agree that having NHL players in the Olympics has grown the game globally.

But the time change with South Korea, the pause in the NHL’s schedule, and the thought of their star players getting injured are things the owners didn’t want to put up with.

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