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12-02-2012, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ltrangerfan View Post
IMO you have perfectly summarized the true NHL problem.

You have a league, with poor overall revenues, not because there is fault but rather the broad public doesn't care. Hockey is, and will probably always be a cult sport in the US.
I think it has the excitement and energy to become bigger than at least the NBA, but with this lockout not for some time.

The biggest problem with attracting new fans is it takes time and concentration to get used to watching the puck on the screen. Growing up playing and watching the game I don't have a problem and many if not all don't have a problem, but I constantly hear from people that don't watch hockey that they can't follow the puck around the ice while watching it on a screen and that is why they don't watch it. It is much smaller than a football or basketball and moves much faster than both of those, so it is understandable. So it will take time, but I think it will become bigger than the nba some day, if they ever get back on the fridgen ice!!!

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