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10-22-2008, 05:55 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Originally Posted by
El Gato Bodegero
Hockey is not even close to be an almost popular sport in Mexico, for example I live in the 2nd-3rd biggest city of the country and I know like 3 or 4 people who like hockey. Of course if any NHL teams come to play a preseason game our city arena will be at full capacity(17,000.00) but that's a different story.
Maybe you should have a bigger circle of friends. Could it be that there might be just a few more people that know what's going on with hockey in Mexico then you do? Here, let me help educate you. Check out these site first, then get back with us about hockey in Mexico.
Hockey in Mexico is a sport for the Medium Upper class and we can have an 8 team amateur league with cheap tickets and few attendance but that's it.
Well, one has to start somewhere. Or, do we just stick our head in the sand and say....it can't happen here! In order for hockey to grow to it's next level, we need to start a semi-pro league like they have in Europe. I'm not talking about NHL caliber players, I'm talking about players that will make a little pay to play.
In Mexico is like this:
Soccer>>>>>>>Baseball>>>Football>>>Basketball>>>>> Everything else>>>>>Hockey.
Well, the reason I can talk like this is from experience. In 1993, I helped build a program for the Pumas of UNAM from 100 kids to over 900 kids in under two years. Today, 6 players from this program, play on the national team. So don't tell me it can't be done! It can, one just need to know how to do it.
Plus there's no promotion for the NHL in Mexico!!! We have NFL Mexico with games on Local and Cable T.V and you can see Monday Night games in several of our local Cinema theaters , MLB games on Cable & Local T.V, NBA en espaņol, but nothing on NHL.
So what! You don't need the NHL in any country to promote hockey. We didn't have that in 1993 with the Pumas. How did we do it? How did we get a program with over 900 kids? In the land of Soccer... Well, if you ask me, it was pretty easy.
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