NHL in the Olympics? Or maybe not?

Even as Wrestling is declared OUT, negotiations continue to include the NHL in the Sochi Olympics

2/14/13 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - NHL in the Olympics?  Or maybe not?Only a couple of days ago it was announced, without any real fanfare, that Wrestling would be eliminated from the Olympics, effective 2015.  

Young children, both boys and girls, everywhere were devastated.  Wrestling, after all, is one of the founding sports of the Olympics and it is just wrong to eliminate it.

Then almost directly on the heels of the exclusion announcement comes "the negotiation" announcement.  Manhattan is a busy place for the next couple of days with meetings between the NHL, NHLOA, IIHF and the IOC.  After all, an inclusion of this magnitude requires a lot of talking, negotiation, ego boosting, palm greasing.

So, if you will allow me for a moment, I'll pull out the Soap Box and make my point.

The Olympics, in my opinion, are about amateur sports.  I have never approved of the Olympic committees allowing professional athletes to compete.  After all, we all saw Miracle on Ice.  Some of us actually saw it happen live on TV.  If you are one of those people, it is a piece of time that will live forever in your memory.  Even mine, and I'm Canadian.

Then there came the Dream Team.  Yes, professional basketball players.  Sorry, the the allure of basketball and hockey in the Olympics wore off as soon as those professional players were allowed to play.

Amateurs!

They have already allowed the pros in the Olympics, were the games oh, so much better?

I think not.

But then, what does my opinion count?  I'm just a fan of the game.  What about you? What do you think?
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2/14/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I wonder if this is a generational thing (Barcelona 1992 was the first Olympics I have any memory of), because I don't really mind that are pros in the Olympics. The way I see it, I want to see the best of the best, regardless of their amateur. A lot of them make money through sponsorship anyway, which in smaller sports is necessary to make a living while practicing to stay Olympic caliber. Plus I'm not really sure athletes were really amateur back in the day. *shrug*

Plus, as a Caps fan, I need the NHL's involvement because Ovechkin is going anyway. cheeky

Also yes, dropping wrestling was bull, yet par for the course for the IOC.

2/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I have to say I'm shocked.  As many times as I have said I believe the Olympics are for Amateurs, I have always had someone tell me to grow up and live in the present, that it has been changed to allow the pros and it's about time I get used to it.  So today I completely expected no one to agree.  I thought I'd be told to grow up yet again.  And here are three people who actually feel as I do.  

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2/14/13   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Chalk up another person who would love to see amateurs only back into the games.  If you want to see national contests with professional players, for most sports there are venues for that.  You want to see the best pro hockey players in international tournaments?  There is the World Cup of Hockey (formerly known as the Canada Cup).  There are World Basketball Championships for the pro hoopers.  And there is even now the World Baseball Classic.  We do not need to ruin the Olympics with this sort of thing.  Never liked it when it started in the 90's and do not like it today.  Would not bother me at all if the NHL bailed out of the Sochi Games.  In fact, as a fan, I wholeheartedly endorse it.

2/14/13   |   Jess   |   34446 respect

I agree 100%. I don't like the pros being allowed to compete in the Olympics. I'm not sure that I think of Olympic athletes as "amateurs" per se, just professionals playing in a different "league" or format. If I want to watch the professional league athletes I'll watch the NBA, NHL, etc. 

2/14/13   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

I agree...they should go back to the original format of amateurs.....I don't watch all the Olympics, just a few selected sports, basketball is not one of them