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05-20-2012, 06:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Jersey
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Unfortunately it will always be at the bottom of the food chain until they ban fighting, and start marketing the game better. Too many teams are content with garnering just enough local corporate support and a local cult like fan base.
A long range national marketing plan would greatly help.
I don't agree with that. People who give hockey a legitimate chance (more the one period, look into what the rules are) usually convert to becoming a fan. Hockey's also 1 of the 2 major sports that profit (football). The NBC deal was fantastic for the league, but NBC needs to become stronger as is too. The Leno saga and Ebersol resigning right after the NHL contract was agreed upon didn't help.
As for fighting, meh. MMA and UFC's popularity is incredibly high, and it's much more brutal that boxing. There will always be people against fighting, and that's understandable. But they need to understand why fighting exists. It's not just for the hell of it (well, some of it is...and hardcore fans hate staged fights), it's to police the game. If fighting leaves, then guys like (old) Cooke, Kaleta, Tootoo, and Rinaldo just run rampant, because they can still play the game well enough not to be effected by a fighting ban.
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