2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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03-03-2013, 06:04 PM
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Here's the thing, even in Europe the WC struggles at times to attract fans and in NA it is almost completely irrelevant.
Actually the WC do pretty well in NA all things considered. Look at the World Baseball Classic, relegated to the MLB network with absolutely no coverage at all. That's a tournament that only happens every 4 years with only spring training to compete with.
The WC on the other hand is competing with the Stanley Cup playoffs, and yet here in the U.S. is still on the NBCSN rather than relegated to the NHL Network like the World Juniors are.
That's not bad at all considering how little Americans care about international competition in general. I don't think the Basketball World Cup is on TV at all either, though maybe it's on the NBA network. Still not a regular cable channel though.
A "best-on-best" hockey tournament isn't going to get anymore attention in the U.S. than the WC already does.
As for Europe the only time is has trouble attracting fans is if the tickets are overpriced like last year.
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