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01-04-2013, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
You couldn't find more popular hockey in the US than when the Flyers ruled the World in the 70s. The fastest-growing sport league is the UFC and you find violence applenty. Difference is they are run by competent people who are not ashamed of their product.
Ya, all solid points Kimota. Ive actually spent a fair amount of time in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia area over the years, and though hockey, the Flyers are extremely popular, their numbers pale in comparison to the Eagles, Phillies, Penn State & NCAA in general.

Really was touch & go for the NHL from 67/68 for that franchise until they basically started punching their way to top of the heap, appealing to the lowest possible denominator in providing the market with a little ultra-violence, combined of course with excellent goaltending & guys who could seriously play the game. It turned on a lot people, but it also turned off a lot more, many of whom to this day consider hockey little more than Roller Derby on ice. A taste they have no interest in acquiring.

Snider's carved out a pretty impressive place for himself over the last 4 decades, beyond savvy & street smart individual, but there arent a whole lot of guys like that within the ownership ranks at all anymore, a dying breed. And when you get the Lawyers & Accountants running everything instead of true visionaries like Ed Snider before the franchise, league & game really gains traction, youve got a real problem on your hands... and so here we are.

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