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08-29-2012, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Giroux tha Damaja View Post
The notion that superstar players do more to grow the game than owners is off go me. With out the league the great players would just be hockey players and not hockey stars. Advertising, leasing venues to play in, cutting paychecks...that's all essential stuff to the league operating. If you ditched every star in the league, sent em to siberia to hunt mommoths for a decade, there'd be new stars in two seasons time. The game makes its own stars.

Granted the best players become the stars and good on unemployed hot working to get there, but the game us bigger than the 45 or so best players.
Some fair points, but it seems to me that there are a few reasons that Pittsburgh and Washington keep showing up on NBC's Sunday afternoon broadcast, and it isn't about the size of the television markets in those areas.

I don't necessarily credit the stars with growing the game by themselves--not by a long-shot, actually. But I do think that they deserve some of the credit for the new TV deal.

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