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11-26-2004, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeytown9321
How can you compare a situation where half a season was missed to one where one or two seasons are missed and replacement players are used? The NFL's 1987 situation is the only evidence we have on what happens when replacement players are used. Its the most popular sport in America. Do you honestly think hockey will somehow do better? Has Gary Bettman been saving some magical marketing plan for 10 years?
there is a bigger dropoff in talent from the NFL to nonNFL players than there is from the NHL to nonNHL players. Sure more kids play football but its very prohibitive. How many 300 plus pounders can move with the speed and power a lineman needs to? How many 6'1" 200 pounders not in the nfl already can run a 4.3 40? In hockey its been proved that smaller guys can be effective...they cant in football.
basically the replacement nflers are a much bigger dropoff in talent and therefore the game was hurt more than the nhl would be

edit: on top of the reasons i gave, there are already 54 players on nfl teams. versus 24? on nhl teams..

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