Wings Legace believes the season is off
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11-24-2004, 03:47 PM
Join Date: Jun 2004
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A little excitement is all that's needed to bring fans back. Simple as that. No one predicted McGwire vs. Sosa but it happened and generated that excitement (taht and new fans were grown and other fans got over the grudge). Over the long haul the fans will come back as the NBA, NFL and MLB have shown.
To a degree they will come back, but hockey is not even a third as popular as any of those sports in the US. The question I was answering was would people come see replacement players. If you look at the numbers from the one tme it was tried in a major sport, (and the most popular one at that) you have to infer that attendance will be down greatly if the NHL uses them.
Give me a realisitc scernario where hockey could generate casual interest like McGwire and Sosa. Sure no one predicted it, but everyone knew a player chasing Maris was going to happen and be a big deal. There's nothing like that in hockey, at least to the US fan. The closest would probably have been Gretzky chasing Howe's numbers, and I don't recall a huge boom the NHL then.
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