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REPORT: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Will Officially Announce A 24-Team Format For The League’s Return

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s format for a return late Tuesday afternoon.

According to multiple reports, Bettman will announce at 4:30 EST that the league has decided on a 24-team format for its return during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

This is the same format that had started circulating a few days back.

As I always say about these updates, things are incredibly fluid, and anything could change at this point in time.

Having said that, this is a gigantic update for the NHL. With this announcement, they’ll become the first major pro league to map out its return for team sports.

 

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The UFC is already back, but the NHL would be the first team sport that suspended competition to return.

I have no doubt there are a ton of details to still iron out, but this is incredible news. I couldn’t be happier right now if I tried.

 

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Bettman should be applauded for leading the way. I can’t wait to see what this 24-team format looks like. It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun!