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02-05-2005, 11:01 PM
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I do not think so. I think that the owners are in for a very unfortunate surprise. Not only do I think that a good amount of fans won't come back, but I also think that long-term the damage is even greater. Bettman did not cultivate any new fans. He did not market the game nor it's newer, younger stars. Thus, he cannot replace any of the fans that he did loose. NO ONE is playing street hockey right now.
The majority of North America could care less that there is not hockey.
Bettman has done nothing to grow the sport.
Around 3/4 don't according the ESPN poll. It's so sad. I wish the sport was more popular, frankly I don't see why it isn't. Sure there r times that the game is boring, parts of a game, or the whole game, but what game doesn't have that? Sure they don't score that often, but there r plenty of chances, good defensive plays, and saves in between. Do Americans have THAT short of an attention span that they need the team score every second?
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