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LET THE GAMES BEGIN: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Mickle & Botta report the NHL has "secured initial approval from Olympic broadcast rights holders CBC and NBC for access to players for the NHL Network at hockey venues" during the '14 Sochi Games. Sources said that the league is "expected to receive the same approvals" from the IOC and IIHF. The NHL Network also will "receive limited Olympic content, under the tentative agreement with NBC and CBC." Sources said the content could be "highlights, interviews or other footage collected by the broadcasters." Access for the NHL Network was "one of the changes the league has been seeking from the IOC and IIHF before agreeing to send its players back to the Olympics" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/3 issue).
THE TORTS REPORT: In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote if John Tortorella, who last week was fired after five years as Rangers head coach, "does not receive an offer to coach next season, and he decides a TV job is his best bridge to another coaching gig, his condescending, foul-mouthed style would be a consideration for any prospective employer." But a source said that the "prevailing feeling is he will be back coaching during the 2013-14 season." Raissman wrote there may be "some reluctance" for TV execs to hire Tortorella, as it would be "a controversial hire." The case could be made that a "national media outlet airing hockey, or regional sports network for that matter, should not hire a guy who treated the media like dirt" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/2). In Tampa, Tom Jones writes Tortorella would be "a perfect fit at the NHL Network, which desperately needs a studio analyst with an edge." But he "might be wasted there." It would be "great if NBC hired him as a studio analyst." But networks might be "leery of putting their efforts into making him part of their broadcast only to lose him halfway through a season" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 6/3).