The NHL Takes a Holiday Break as Covid-19 Cancellations Put Sports Marketing on Ice

A pandemic surge also has forced the NBA, NFL and NCAA to shift their schedules as marketing partners tread cautiously

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The omicron variant of Covid-19 put the entire National Hockey League on an impromptu holiday vacation. But the latest pandemic surge is stealing much of professional and college sports marketers’ Christmas cheer.

On Monday, the NHL cited a flood of coronavirus-related postponements for forcing the league to suspend play after Tuesday night’s games. NHL action shuts down from Dec. 22 through Christmas day, with practice resuming Dec. 26 and the league schedule returning on Dec. 27. 

A list of all NHL games suspended due to Covid-19

That puts 19 games on hold—not including the more than two dozen games postponed between Dec.



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