Anybody read Jay Greenbirgs article in the hockey news????
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12-04-2003, 03:19 AM
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Say what you will, how people dont respect the other parts of the game, defense is entertaining, the game isnt boring... but the market speaks for itself and this league is about to go under. Not only are these solutions exciting, but they might make hockey one of the major sports again.
I dont mean to bring up a dead arguement here... but everything I said I truly believe.
---This is one of the common misconceptions that appears in every thread on this issue: hockey was once really, really popular, and it isn't anymore. Folks, it's never had mainstream popularity in the US. It's always had what is a essentially a cult following. Even when goal-scoring was sky high in the early 90's, the league still had attendance problems and low TV ratings. Thus, the notion that these solutions "might make hockey one of the major sports again" is impossible, as hockey has NEVER been a major sport in the US. I'm all for making changes to improve the quality of the product, but this idea that people will start flocking to arenas in droves and everyone and their grandmother will start watching National Hockey Night on ESPN as a result is naively idealistic and without any factual support.
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