Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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11-30-2012, 01:47 PM
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Its their fantasy of getting a big $ from a national US TV contract.
Does nothing for the fans as a whole however.
But it can make the owners and players more money in the end. When you hear 'good for the game', that really means more money for owners & players, higher prices for fans. Dont know about you guys but I never watch the weekend afternoon games.
I disagree with that. If (and a mighty big IF I know) the NHL becomes more popular in US, the public (fans) would demand that NBCSN become as accessible as ESPN is right now.
As it is now, all our sports channels are grouped around ESPN, and NBCSN is 50 channels away. You have to seek it out - people will not just bump into it.
And when you travel, ESPN is everywhere, in every hotel room I've been in over the last 10 years - some hotels have 3 or 4 ESPN channels. I have yet to see NBCSN in any hotel room.
And now this lockout just pushes the NHL even further into the sports background. The public couldn't care less. In L.A., I have heard exactly
radio news piece on the lockout in 2 months.
It may take quite a while for the damage from this lockout to be undone.
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