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11-16-2012, 05:24 PM
Mory Schneideur*
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Originally Posted by Thesensation19 View Post
This is actually a bad thing that the NHL does not even do. They have a hard time devoting time to talk about the match up, the team the history. They do a short stint about previous games, they spread some info that barely catches you attention but look at the NBA NFL and MLB. They detailed time and focus in properly getting exciting info to the viewers.

When ESPN covered KHL games, it was a disaster. They dismissed every block shot as an accident, they acted like they dont hit... but there was plenty i saw. They laughed at every name and they even admitted to not knowing a THING about the KHL or its teams.

Coverage of the sport in America is Horrid. And this on all levels needs to be fixed... This is why ESPN did not win the NHL contract. They wanted us for what we became, not what they saw our potential to be
It would be awesome if the NHL had NFL-like coverage and hype behind each game. I guess its because too many games and 60 minutes of play vs 11 minutes for NFL.

If the NHL was able to create the Winter Classic out of thin air and less than 5 years later make it look like a timeless tradition, they would be able to do the same with a Champions League and a World Cup. The European teams & leagues have a very rich history with some teams dating back to the early 1900s or 1800s. It would be easy to dig into the history of the clubs, show national and club rivalries, history of the towns & countries, etc. Its all about perspective & marketing and how the NHL in cooperation with other leagues portray it.

I think the main concern is that the NHL would have to accept the fact that the World Cup & Champions League would be nearly on par with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Participating in such events would only grow the popularity of the sport and the NHL, so there is nothing to lose.

Now as for the logistics and specifics, we could argue how many teams, what prize money and about the structure til we are all blue in the face but there is no point. Its almost a fact that a World Cup and a Champions League is the next logical step for hockey & the NHL, IIHF, KHL and other leagues have to face the facts and just accept it that it will eventually happen.

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