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Made For TV Hockey Might Open Door For Ads On Jerseys

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Without paying fans in the seats, the NHL is going to have to start looking elsewhere for revenue streams whenever they begin playing games again.

It’s looking more and more likely with the re-opening of sports leagues in Asia and soon in Europe that sports can return this year in the U.S. and Canada, however, fans are probably going to be locked out for a while.

The NHL has a small history of putting ads on jerseys including a few teams doing it on their practice jerseys and most notably the World Cup of Hockey jerseys in 2016.

The Golden Knights have seen their share of patches on jerseys. In the first season, there was an inaugural season patch on the chest and an NHL 100 Years patch on the arm sleeve. Then, when they made the Stanley Cup Final, they had to find room for yet another patch. To avoid over patching, they removed the inaugural season one to add the Cup Final one.

In years two and three, the Golden Knights have been patchless aside from the A’s worn by alternate captains.

Without the patches, the Golden Knights jersey was ranked the 2nd best in the entire league in this year’s player’s poll behind only the Original Six Chicago Blackhawks.

Jersey ads have become commonplace in many sports leagues and like stadium naming rights can sometimes become synonymous with the team’s jersey.

The NHL has pushed for it unsuccessfully before, but there’s almost no way to deny it this time. Attendance is the number one revenue stream for the NHL (and it’s not close). With that out of the picture, jersey ads are an easy place to turn to and likely one the NHL won’t hesitate to capitalize on.

The bigger question becomes when they inevitably do it, will they last when the pandemic scare is completely over?

Hopefully not, I like the jerseys just the way they are. And we’re all already nervous enough about the over the top gold 3rd jersey on the way. Imagine if that thing has ads plastered all over it too.

Jersey Ads, Would It Really Be That Bad If Vegas Sweaters Have Them?

This week the NHL released some news that upset many hockey purists around the globe. The NHL and SAP made an agreement to feature ad patches on game-worn World Cup sweaters. As someone who was firmly against jersey ad space, the World Cup unis opened my eyes. Which made me ask, would anyone really care if Las Vegas featured jersey ads?

On one hand I understand the groans of calling jersey ads “cheesy” and “bush league.” I mean, look at the English Premier League, it looks as if Team Chevy is playing Team Quickbook. Truly unappealing. However on the other hand, there’s no denying the monetary advantages. Look at NASCAR, UFCAsian baseball, heck even the KHL does it. It’s valuable, I get it, so I understand why the NHL is going down that road.

Back to the World Cup, the jersey patch on each team’s sweaters isn’t entirely bad. It’s small, sleek, and blends well on one shoulder. Really, it doesn’t offend me like I thought I would.

Las Vegas is a brand new organization, with an untouched name and logo. It’s an unblemished, unknown logo so we don’t have the attachment Canadiens fans have for its legendary CH. If the NHL allowed ad patches I’m sure The Creator would consider jumping in on the idea. Why not make some of that $500 million back faster than planned. Plus, the more revenue a team makes, the bigger financial risks the owner will take. Allowing GM George McPhee to maintain important free agent players, or signing star UFA’s. I know there’s a hard salary cap, but having capital gives teams options.

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