Could expansion lead to shorter schedule?
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02-10-2013, 02:27 AM
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So, what I'm getting is that the people posting in this thread are hockey fans who don't want to watch hockey.
I think the real equation is that there are more fans who have LESS time; work, family, video games, internet, etc. I believe people lose their urgency/desire to watch over an 82-game schedule, EVEN ON TV.
BTW, if this ever comes about, the expansion offset argument is BS. The whole hope of making the revenue balance out from shortening the schedule is by increasing the TV revenue... and ratings have been up so far this season, by 11% last I saw.
While I'd like to believe a 58-game schedule (everyone v everyone home and away) has a 50-50 chance of actually increasing TV value to offset ticket revenue, there's clearly less than a 50-50 chance of NHL brass believing it.
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