NHL’s New 2020-21 Schedule: Possibilities And Repercussions
The regular season of the NHL is set to run in April. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the decisions of other sports leagues to cancel their seasons, the NHL organization is actively looking for an alternative schedule to finish the entire season and determine the worthy holder of the Stanley Cup. This puts a dent on both the league and the Bitcoin NHL betting markets, but many remain hopeful that the situation will level in a few month’s time.
The cancellation was decided through a conference call among NHL owners. In a recent statement from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the league’s Board of Governors agreed to cancel the season following the NBA organization’s decision: “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing that it will pause the 2019‑20 season.”
While on hiatus, the organization plans to continue the season in July. The proposed plan is to ready the players for a brief training camp in early July and wrap up the regular season in the same month. This means that most teams would have 10 to 12 games in the regular season, keeping the NHL odds hopefuls on their feet. The organization has yet to reveal whether or not the league will complete the full 82-game slate under the proposed schedule.
After the conclusion of the regular season, the playoffs will run in August through September. A one-month offseason is guaranteed in October before the next league year starts in November. The 2020 winner of the Stanley Cup will be crowned in September.
With the proposed adjustments, the next league year would surely be affected. But how?
First of all, the NHL is played on ice—something that not all arenas can provide all year round. The NHL would need to scout large venues available in September and secure the condition of ice in buildings catering to ice hockey games in July and August.
If the NHL finds the perfect venues for the proposed months, The Stanley Cup Playoffs—for the first time ever—will be played in the summer months. The plan would surely attract a lot of repercussions regarding logistic operations. It would not only affect the ongoing season but the next league year as well.