Tonight, We Try to Take Over the World: Why NHL Expansion to Europe Faces Major Obstacles

International Sports Law Review, Vol. 11, p. 9, 2011

23 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2011

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Ross Appel

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Date Written: March 19, 2011

Abstract

This Comment will discuss potential obstacles to the NHL’s expansion into Europe. It will consider specific provisions of the NHL’s CBA and analyze why those provisions may violate freedom of movement and competition laws in potential countries of expansion. It will consider expansion into London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Prague, Berne and Berlin and evaluate whether European countries can generate the necessary revenue to support the high cost of a hockey team in order to compete with their North American counterparts. It will also propose an overhauled and unbalanced NHL schedule which would allow for European expansion without an immense increase in miles traveled.

Keywords: NHL, Hockey, National Hockey League, Expansion, European Union, EU, Antitrust, CBA, Collective Bargaining Agreement

Suggested Citation

Appel, Ross, Tonight, We Try to Take Over the World: Why NHL Expansion to Europe Faces Major Obstacles (March 19, 2011). International Sports Law Review, Vol. 11, p. 9, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1963310

Ross Appel (Contact Author)

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