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Special Report: How COVID-19 has Changed the Sports-Event Industry

After months of waiting, you and your spouse are heading to the stadium. After a wait of what seems like forever to be at a game, your mobile tickets are loaded on the phone as you get out of your car and head over to the stadium entrance, making sure to stop six feet from […]

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The puck is dropped for the NHL hockey All Star final game between the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

NHL Awards 2021 All-Star Game to South Florida

The National Hockey League announced that the 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, at the home of the resurgent Florida Panthers. It will be the second time that the NHL All-Star Game has visited South Florida, having previously hosted in 2003. All-Star Weekend will include the […]

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Minneapolis Awarded the 2021 NHL Winter Classic

Minneapolis will host the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2021, with the game to be staged at Target Field, the home of the MLB Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Wild will host the game with an opponent to be determined. The game will mark the 13th Winter Classic and the 31st regular-season outdoor game overall […]

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New York Islanders Break Ground on Belmont Park Arena Project

The New York Islanders broke ground on a new arena at Belmont Park as part of a $1.3 billion redevelopment project in the region, with a target of having a new home for the NHL franchise ready for the start of the 2021–2022 season. The arena will seat 19,000 for Islanders games and be part […]

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Jessica Berman Named Deputy Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League has named Jessica Berman deputy commissioner and executive vice president of business affairs. Berman spent the last 13 years with the National Hockey League, most recently as vice president of community development, culture and growth. According to the NLL, Berman will become the first woman to hold the title of deputy […]

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Seattle Awarded NHL Expansion Team

The National Hockey League will expand to Seattle for the 2021–2022 season. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved what will be the league’s 32nd team, which will play home games in a to-be-renovated KeyArena. The move brings professional hockey back to Seattle decades after the former Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win […]

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MGM Resorts and NHL Announce Sports-Betting Agreement

MGM Resorts International has signed its second multiyear agreement with a professional sports league, reaching a deal with the National Hockey League to form a strategic relationship with regard to sports betting. Under terms of the deal, MGM Resorts will become the NHL’s first official sports-betting partner. Earlier this year, MGM announced a similar agreement with […]

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Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman was named commissioner of the National Hockey League in 1993, making him the longest-serving leader of the major North American sports leagues. In that time, the league has expanded to 30 teams and will add a new franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, next season. In the meantime, the NHL has created a popular outdoor series of events and in September launched a revamped World Cup of Hockey with eight international squads. That move came as the league was deciding whether to send players to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, as it has for every Games since 1998. In April, Bettman announced the league

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