NHL commissioner on Winter Olympics: ‘We’re not going’ – Chicago … – Chicago Tribune

Even if the International Olympic Committee sweetens its offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists that his league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

“We’re not going,” Bettman said Friday during his annual meeting with a group of sports editors at league headquarters. “That decision has been made.”

The issues on the table included insurance and travel expenses for players, and the IOC appeared to be willing to soften its stance on both. But Bettman said who pays for what is just part of the equation.

“We’re not anti-Olympics,” Bettman said. “We’re anti-disruption.”

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