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
Date Written: March 19, 2011
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
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