I wondered if this was a factor in Bettman's refusal to use the option to play this season on the old CBA. Not all of the players will be going to the Olympics, or even competing for a spot on their country's team, but those that are are quite influential.
It's the only way to look at it.
Is Sochi 2014 being discussed, or is that going to be a separate circus?
Uncle Gary sez: you get the Olympics, we get a bigger percentage.
I can smell it coming.
I would think that the threat of a lockout during the year of the Olympics would be less of a threat, at least to those who have a great desire to play, than the threat of the lockout extending into a second year.
It wouldn't be the be-all and end-all, but it could be a factor used as leverage in negotiation.