NHL Commissioner Bettman Shares Importance of Playing; Estimates League will Lose $1 Billion

As reported by frontofficesports.com, the National Hockey League is expected to lose more than $1 billion this year. In its article, FOS reports that commissioner Gary Bettman has emphasized how important it is for the league to play its season.

The complete article can be found HERE

From the article:

“It would be cheaper for us to shut the doors and not play,” Bettman said. “We’re coming back to play this season because we think it’s important for the game.”

Game-day income makes up approximately 50% of the NHL’s revenue, but with just 56 games on the schedule and no fans in most arenas to start, the league is making plays for extra cash.

Teams can now add sponsors to their helmets, and the league has added existing partners Scotiabank, Honda, Discover and MassMutual as sponsors of its four re-aligned divisions.

The NHL isn’t alone in its revenue shortfalls: 

  • After NBA revenue declined 10% last season, projections suggest losses of up to $3 billion this season.
  • NFL revenue could drop by as much as $4 billion this season.
  • MLS took a $1 billion revenue hit during the 2020 season.
  • MLB lost up to $3 billion during its truncated 2020 season.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]