NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has weighed in on the possibility of implementing an in-season tournament similar to the NBA. Following the conclusion of the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, Bettman stated that the NHL is satisfied with its regular season structure and does not currently have plans for an in-season tournament.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Talks About Bringing NBA-Style Tournament
While the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament has gained popularity among basketball fans worldwide, Bettman emphasized that the NHL sees no need for such a competition within its existing framework. However, he did hint at the league’s intention to organize an international best-on-best tournament in the future.
“We like our regular season,” stated Bettman. “For us, it doesn’t address anything that we think we need. To the extent we’re going to do an in-season tournament, it’ll be an international best-on-best.”
The NHL is reportedly planning to hold an in-season best-of-best international tournament, tentatively scheduled for February 2025. Although the participating teams have not been confirmed, it is anticipated that the tournament will feature four nations: the United States, Finland, Canada, and Sweden.
In addition to discussing the potential tournament, Bettman touched upon other significant topics during the meeting. With the 2026 Winter Olympics set to be held in Italy, the NHL is considering various plans for expansion. Bettman mentioned Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Quebec City as potential candidates for future expansion franchises.
Moreover, Bettman provided an insight into the league’s financial projections. He revealed that the NHL anticipates generating $6.2 billion in revenue for the current season, highlighting the league’s continued growth and economic stability.
As the NHL moves forward, Bettman’s comments shed light on the league’s strategic decisions and direction. While an in-season tournament akin to the NBA may not be on the horizon, the NHL remains committed to delivering high-level international competition and exploring potential expansion opportunities to further enhance the sport.
With the league’s revenue outlook remaining strong and plans for exciting events in the coming years, NHL fans can look forward to a future filled with thrilling hockey action both on the ice and on the global stage.