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03-08-2006, 09:25 AM
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SouthFlyer82
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The league has been on a decline since Gary Bettman took over. He pushed this water down less violent NHL on the owners and pointed to the NBA as the proof. Yet the NFL is the sport in America. The last the NHL was on NBC it was beaten in ratings by WWE and Nascar both have it share of violence. They sold to the sport the wrong way and in doing so pushed away life long fans. Bettman likes to talk about how attendance is up, which is true but not honest. There are 10 more teams and places like Detroit, Philly, Toronto and Montreal which draw fans no matter what(for alittle longer any way) have gone from 15-16000 seat arenas to 20000. Overrall Attendance is a problem as is interest.

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