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SINDEN SAYS NHL SHOULD GET COVERAGE PLEDGE BEFORE SALT LAKE
Published March 2, 1998
Bruins President Harry Sinden "thinks the NHL should get a commitment from the Olympics and NBC to show the big hockey games -- US-Canada; Canada-Russia; US-Russia -- in prime time without interruption before guaranteeing NHL players would play in Salt Lake City four years from now" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/28). Fox's Dave Maloney, on the NHL's Olympic participation: "This was a wonderfully contested tournament, games were close, there were spectacular stories. Let's move on, folks. Do it again." In a Fox/TMG poll conducted last week, 64% said NHL players should participate in the 2002 Winter Games, 19% were opposed and 17% were undecided ("Fox NHL Saturday," 2/28). WHAT ABOUT BOB? In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote that while NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has been crystal clear in addressing the issue" of the NHL's investigation into Team USA's vandalism at the Olympic Village, NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow "has been conspicuously silent." Brooks questioned why Goodenow hasn't issued a statement "urging the guilty to cooperate and come forward." Brooks: "We don't understand a Players' Association that from appearances seems more concerned with protecting the rights of the minority than of the majority" (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 3/1).