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11-16-2012, 06:53 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
Well, that's for you only. You can't be oblivious to the fact the NHL would lose a lot of viewership if replacement players came around. There's no question about this.
There's only a little minority that might still follow the sport as much as they did with regular NHLers, even in big markets. Heck, even some strong habs fans that take time to post here regularly during a lockout wouldn't tune it all that much, me included.
It's not so much about caring about the Habs and not the names, it's about expecting NHL talent when watching games. If it's not NHL talent, I simply have other things I'd rather do.
I would totally have expected that a lot of casual fans would be lost (at least at first). I guess I just figured that people who took the time to post in a place like this, and for many, post quite prolifically, would feel more like I did. I know now that I was wrong about that. But it just surprised me, that's all. No judgement, just a personal observation.

But in conjunction with that, I also felt (and still feel) that a lot of people don't realize just how good players outside the NHL are, how narrow the margins are, and I don't think most fans would truly be able to tell the difference between a replacement player league and the NHL. I mean, you can't do a totally blind taste test, because of course the consumer/viewer *is* going to know that it's not the NHL players. But I just think the entertainment product would be just as good - or could be made just as good - such that if it really was given a "fair chance" (which is not possible in practise) people would be able to get into it and enjoy it just as much as the NHL. This is basically what happens over longer timescales anyway as player abilities change/evolve.

Again, all hypothetical fantasy talk, though. It ain't gonna happen.

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