Amid growing pessimism that the NHL can attain its stated goal of having the puck drop for its 2020-21 season on Jan. 1, league commissioner Gary Bettman says the target date remains a "work in progress."

Speaking at the Sports Business Journal's "Dealmakers in Sport" panel on Wednesday, Bettman said the pandemic is a huge factor in its plans for the upcoming campaign.

"That is a work in progress influenced largely by what we're hearing from the medical experts," he said.