GREAT article on state of the NHL
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06-03-2004, 11:37 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Meh. Alarmism. The league's not going to fold; "hockey" is not in trouble. There is enough interest in enough markets that the NHL will be around as long as MLB is.
I say burn a season or two. Use it as the opportunity to cut some of the fat from this bloated league, and come back leaner and better.
Alarmism? Hardly. If you do not think that hockey is in big trouble in the USA, then you have blinders on. The ratings for the Cup finals have yet to be above a 2.5. That's an embarassment. In a poll taken earlier in the year, figure skating came out to be a more popular sport amongst US viewers. You cannot compare the NHL to MLB. Baseball is here to stay and attracts both the hard-core and the casual fan. IHockey has no casual fan. Everyone knows who Derek Jeter is and will tune in to watch him bat in the playoffs. NO ONE has been tuning in to see Iginla. And his performance is one of the best playoff performances since Leetch in '94.
Burn a season or 2? As you say, that will not drive away the casual fan. No. It will kill him/her. Not to mention that 2 years with no NHL, may even loose a hard-core fan such as myself. Shut down the league for 1 year and you will do irreprable damage to the sport. Shut it down for 2 years, and you may as well cancel the NHL in the US.
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