Why isn't Hockey big in Britain or France?
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02-10-2013, 06:32 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
I would try to answer this question with one word : Football (soccer).
That's so sad, I would like to see a good ole' hockey rivalry with GB... London Spitfires vs. Paris Revolution or something. Damn.
But before that we need a better organization, in France at least. We need big competitive clubs in big cities like Paris, Lyon or Lille (I don't see Marseille with some big hockey community but who knows...). I don't say that the Franšais Volants' club should be bought by Qatar or something but today, those clubs exist but still play around the third division...
Those clubs have to reach the top league (Magnus). That done, people will come to game, maybe bandwagon a little, but that's good for the visibility anyway. And people will come if the hockey is played at a decent level. Paris host a friendly Canada-France game and it was sold out.
There is hope.
PS: We need MORE ice rinks. Today we have to fight for some ice-time super late in the morning or late in the evening.
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