2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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02-19-2013, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by
I'd love to see some numbers to back up this claim. Football is the number one team sport in a country of over
people. Hockey is number one in Canada and Finland with a combined population of only
. Even the population of Sweden, Russia, Czech and Slovakia combined is only
and it is far from the most popular team sport in those countries. In the USA hockey is down around 4th or 5th in terms of team sports and pretty much everywhere else it is a fringe sport at best.
In terms of global participation and fan support (I'm talking about people here, not just those outside of North America) I'm not so sure that hockey is bigger than Football.
Again if you have some numbers please share.
Russia alone puts it above American football which is nonexistent in Europe. Based on your logic, baseball is bigger than hockey just because of the US. Yet, neither it nor American football are even Olympic sports.
You made the claim in the first hand, you're suppose to provide stats to back it up first.
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