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CNBC Sports Biz: Are concussions hurting the NHL?

Dec 21, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

This post is part of a series looking at the issue and impact of concussions in the NHL. ProHockeyTalk and Comcast SportsNet are featuring pieces today as a lead-in to tonight’s special edition of NHL Live on Versus (6:30 p.m. EST.)

We’ve spotlighted this CNBC Sports Business report with Darren Rovell previously on PHT, but it bears re-mentioning in light of recent events.

Rovell was asked the question: Are concussions hurting the NHL?

Here’s what he had to say.

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Following up on Rovell’s second point (when superstars miss games, the league’s wallet is effected) consider the stars currently shelved with concussions/head injuries:

Sidney Crosby: Hart, Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophy winner. Stanley Cup champion.

Chris Pronger: Norris and Hart Trophy winner. Stanley Cup Champion.

Marc Savard: Former NHL All-Star. Stanley Cup Champion.

Claude Giroux: At the time of injury, led the NHL in points.

Milan Michalek: At the time of injury, led the NHL in goals.

Jeff Skinner: Reigning Calder Trophy winner.

Mike Richards: Former NHL All-Star.

Kris Letang: Former NHL All-Star.

For more on the current status of concussions throughout the NHL, check out USA Today’s concussion tracker.

  1. jtm12180 - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    If the NHL ends up losing a Crosby or Ovechkin to an early retirement because of these concussions, they will go into an unstoppable tailspin financially!

    Notice how the NFL protects Rodgers, Brady, Brees, & Manning so much……now why do you think that’s the case?!?!?!?! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • danphipps01 - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      Um. Okay. How do you figure that? The NHL is worth billions. Losing Crosby or Ovi would hurt ratings, and thus make a visible impact on the NHL’s bottom line, and it would certainly hurt their teams’ respective incomes, but this is taking their value as players to an extreme that can only be described as “completely insane.” Neither of them is even remotely close to valuable enough to send the NHL as a whole into an “unstoppable tailspin.”

  2. dipthatchip - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    perhaps 87 should look out for big bad David Steckel and his fellow linemates more often.

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