Lockout IV: One likes to believe in the freedom of hockey (Moderated: see post #2)
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12-12-2012, 12:32 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
In order for the TV deal to eventually be acceptable the product has to improve. The game is simply not worth watching a lot of the time and that is the biggest problem the NHL faces. It's not revenues or expenses or contract lengths it's all about making the NHL product and brand much more entertaining, consistent, exciting and credible.
I'm a big hockey fan but it's simply not a good tv sport, and having such a diluted talent pool and so many average teams just kills the tv experience even more.
Even as a huge Canucks fan, and they are a very entertaining team, I only find maybe 1/4 of the games to be really worth watching from start to finish over the course of the season. I watch them all because I am a fan but if I was a casual NHL fan or a new fan giving it a chance I would not be impressed most of the time.
I found last years playoffs incredibly boring and some of the western games from round 2 on literally put me to sleep, I fell asleep watching the NHL playoffs.
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