Who here would like to see the NHL completely dissolve?
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12-12-2012, 02:44 PM
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Would you say soccer is a strong sport? Yes? Why is it strong? I would say it's a strong sport because it impacts millions of people world-wide. Kids play it in the streets. Some of those kids grow up to be talented players in the pros. Some of those kids grow up to be fans who spend money watching the pros. The greater number of people your sports touches the stronger your sport is. You have to bring a sport into the communities and make fans out of the kids so that they become players (which increases your talent base) or long-term fans (who spend money on your sport). This is just common sense. You strengthen your sport by reaching more people, you WEAKEN your sport by shrinking the number of people you reach. Again, common sense.
Soccer is a sure-fire success (maybe not in North America, but everywhere else). You don't really need to sell it, you just expose people to the sport and they love it. It's not happening with hockey to the same degree, is it? Few hockey fans actually become players themselves outside of some specific regions (Canada, US states close to Canada, rather small parts of Europe). As for the fans who spend money: if there is not enough of them in certain places to support a NHL franchise, why bother? Why try to become "stronger" with all possible means? You already have great players, the best in the world. Concentrate the league, get rid of the fringe NHLers and your league is even better.
BTW I'm soccer fan and I don't care whether the sport grows or not. I know it still does and that's alright, just as it was alright if it stopped to grow.
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