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Old 02-26-2020, 10:29 PM   #1
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If Coronavirus epidemic becomes a realty, what happens to the NHL and people who have tickets?

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1) no impact
2) teams play in front of empty stadiums
3) regular games and playoffs are cancelled

If option 2 or 3, what happens to those who have tickets? Would they get refunds or do they lose their money?

Do you think the NHL will release a policy on this with season ticket renewals and playoff tickets?

From Wikipedia: The 1919 Stanley Cup Finals was the ice hockey play-off series to determine the 1919 Stanley Cup champions. No champion was declared; the series was canceled after five games had been played due to an outbreak of Spanish flu. It was the only time in the history of the Stanley Cup that it was not awarded due to a no-decision after playoffs were held
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:14 PM   #2
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Just to correct one thing, it's already an epidemic and various governments and organizations are currently fighting to stop it from becoming a pandemic. Once that happens, it essentially means that they can't contain it and travel bans wouldn't accomplish anything.

I can certainly foresee a set number of games being cancelled and a shortened season, though that depends on how Canada and the US deal with keeping it under wraps. Italian soccer has been postponed for three weeks already, as has the Italy Ireland rugby game next weekend. These are efforts to contain the virus. If it gets out of control then I would guess there's a chance it would just be up to the individual as to whether they want to risk going to a game.

I would imagine refunds would have to be issued if they made the decision to cancel games. That or rearranged games.

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Option 3 definitely comes into play if the Oilers somehow fake their way to the finals.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:38 PM   #4
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Option 3 definitely comes into play if the Oilers somehow fake their way to the finals.
You have to remember that McDavid is particularly vulnerable to the flu. As I recall, he had for nearly 10 weeks 2 seasons ago.

As a result, the Oilers would opt to play in an empty stadium in order to protect that delicate immune system. It's also the only surefire way to prevent jerseys from hitting the ice.
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The Saddledome has been dealing with a strain of the Coronavirus for decades; heroin beer.
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Old 02-27-2020, 07:25 AM   #6
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That’s the molsonvirus!
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The Saddledome has been dealing with a strain of the Coronavirus for decades; heroin beer.

That's probably the vaccine for Coronavirus.
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A few years back the Panama baseball championship final was played in an empty stadium during the SARS outbreak.
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:46 AM   #9
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If it became that serious and wide spread, the decision would be taken out of the leagues hands, kind of like after 9/11.


Also if it became that serious, one of the things in the states would be if the government declared a long term stop to interstate travel.


I doubt it gets to that point, but its interesting as an exercise.
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A few years back the Panama baseball championship final was played in an empty stadium during the SARS outbreak.
This weekend’s Northern Italian soccer games will probably be played in empty stadiums. With the Euros this summer there is no time after the season ends to make up last week’s missed games.

If it becomes a pandemic, the crowds at games will take care of themselves. High risk people probably smart enough to avoid 20,000 people that are already germ spreaders at the best of times.
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If it became that serious and wide spread, the decision would be taken out of the leagues hands, kind of like after 9/11.


Also if it became that serious, one of the things in the states would be if the government declared a long term stop to interstate travel.


I doubt it gets to that point, but its interesting as an exercise.
9/11? Calm down. Lets start with how SARS was handled, which is more lethal virus than Covid19.
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Cornavirus is a crock and scare tactic. It's just another flu bug and fatalities are same older demographic or people with compromised immune systems that would be dying from the typical flu. News conveniently never reveals age or prior health condition of victims.
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Cornavirus is a crock and scare tactic. It's just another flu bug and fatalities are same older demographic or people with compromised immune systems that would be dying from the typical flu. News conveniently never reveals age or prior health condition of victims.
Hahaha...what in the actual ####? Someone's been watching Info Wars again.
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Hahaha...what in the actual ####? Someone's been watching Info Wars again.
No, not all. Just saying it's another flu type and not something to be overly worried about. I would hate to get it but like the majority who recover would do the same. Getting the flu sucks as well but you eventually recover. Normal flu kills more people.
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Lets wait and see what happens when the virus data available is not coming from china. True data from Japan and italy will likely be available in a week as the incubation period progresses.

As far as the NHL, I would think we are a ways off of concerns regarding it affecting major north American lives. Hopefully these are concerns we wont even have to entertain.
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Coronavirus is a crock and scare tactic created by the National Hockey League overlords in partnership with the Democratic Party of the United States of America to help conjure the downfall of the greatest professional sports team in existence today, the Edmonton Oilers.
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Wasn’t it created by the CIA?
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No, not all. Just saying it's another flu type and not something to be overly worried about. I would hate to get it but like the majority who recover would do the same. Getting the flu sucks as well but you eventually recover. Normal flu kills more people.
Do you have any idea what would happen if 20% of people that had the flu required hospitalization? and if >10% of those needed ICU care?
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Lets wait and see what happens when the virus data available is not coming from china. True data from Japan and italy will likely be available in a week as the incubation period progresses.

As far as the NHL, I would think we are a ways off of concerns regarding it affecting major north American lives. Hopefully these are concerns we wont even have to entertain.
In Italy the 4 deaths have been aged 78, 77, 68, 84. Not sure if they had prior health issues as well.
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Wasn’t it created by the CIA?



No it was created in the lab in Winnipeg and smuggled to China where it escaped into the population....geeeeezzzz get your conspiracy theories right.
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