Reasons for a year-round international Hockey calendar? (like Rugby, Soccer, Cricket)
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09-30-2012, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Why don't we push for this as fans?
Because the majority of fans don't want it.
Hockey's base of power is focused on the NHL and like pretty much all sports that are popular in North America, the club level reigns supreme. The majority of North American fans don't want anything interfering with "their" club and the fact is that an expanded international stage would inevitably impact the league.
As a very important corollary, owners of North American franchises tend to view international competition as a threat to their investments. If they can't make a lot of money off it they don't see any value in it. Just look at the way the NHL and NBA are pushing to withdraw "their" players from the Olympics.
I'd love to see more best on best hockey competition though. Heck, they could disband the NHL for all I care if it meant more of it.
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