As expected, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea. It won with 63 votes. Munich, Germany had 25 votes, while Annecy, France rounded out the results with 7 votes. Where this leaves the NHL is a mystery. South Korea isn’t exactly a hockey hotbed or considered a growth market for the league and with a 14 hour time difference from New York, it’s hard to see it doing much good for the NHL. The 1998 Nagano, Japan games were largely a bust for North American men’s ice hockey with neither countries medaling and bad television time slots. One silver bullet will be NBC, which can be expected to lobby hard for the participation of NHL players. With NBC such a strong partner, you’d have to believe that the NHL and NHLPA will listen hard to their lobbying for both the 2014 Sochi games and the 2018 Olympiad. Canadian broadcasting rights have not been bid past the London Summer Games in 2012.
Pyeongchang Wins 2018 Olympics