Why isn't Hockey big in Britain or France?
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07-11-2012, 09:44 AM
Join Date: May 2009
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Ice hockey doesn't have any national exposure at all. Not even the NHL. At least the NFL is there in the public's mind although the sport will always remain a very minority sport here in player numbers, people are aware of the sport through coverage on the BBC.
Domestic hockey used to be broadcast on the BBC. Nowadays it is shunted into the wilds of Sky. Ditto for the NHL on ESPN UK.
If there was more coverage on terrestrial channels it would help. As it is the hockey public is confined to the old heartlands. Many major connurbations don't even have a team ie Liverpool or until very recently like Bristol.
I'm a bit late to this conversation, but I wanted to add that going back as far as the early nineties I recall hockey journalists repeatedly complaining that whenever they tried to push for greater national media coverage of the sport, they were told that the lack of a team from London was perceived as a major shortcoming by editors etc. It's hard to believe that mindset has changed.
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