A New Jersey vs. Phoenix Final.
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05-13-2012, 01:32 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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Why do people care so much about ratings and market sizes? None of you work for NBC or the NHL. The NHL is locked into a contract with NBC. Fans shouldn't care if a big market team makes the Finals or not (unless your team is a big market team).
If you don't have a team still alive, just root for the team that you think plays the most exciting brand of hockey to win and move on, not for the team that plays in a bigger market.
It's a negotiation thing. Sure the NHL is locked into a contract now, but when the next negotiation occurs, they can point to the hard numbers and say: the average Stanley cup got XX.X ratings. Not saying it would be fixed or anything (fans get too paranoid about that IMO), but if they could have a choice, the NHL would like to see two big market teams even if it has no impact on money for the current deal.
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