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02-18-2013, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Kanadensisk View Post
Basically we are talking about the one game for gold that gets widespread exposure once every four years and people that believe this has any significant effect on growing the game are not thinking clearly. The Superbowl probably gets similar global exposure every year and how has that gone for growing American Football outside of the US? For the most part the Olympics is about completely obscure sports that even sports fans don't care about 99% of the time. At least these obscure sports that generate next to no revenue outside of the Olympics get the benefit of the subsidies provided to them by revenue from Olympic Hockey, Basketball, etc.

Hockey as a whole would be way better off if the IIHF organized their own best on best tournament, but that probably won't happen soon.
First of all, hockey is "slightly" bigger globally than American Football. Second, you forgot to add "sports fans in North America don't care". Cross country, biathlon, ski jumping, all big winter sports in Europe.

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