The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-26-2013, 12:41 PM
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The Olympics are important to the overall growth of the sport, including in the US. There is not another time when hockey is the centerpiece to a major event like the Olympics, which draws viewership from more than just hockey fans. While the NHL sees no direct financial benefit and definitely takes on some risk, it's a bigger picture issue. The benefits to the game overall outweigh the financial risk to the league.
But there's little carry over from the Olympics to NHL viewership. Maybe people pay attention to hockey because it's a novelty they enjoy every four years. I don't seek out gymnastics or figure skating, but I'll certainly watch them during the Olympics.
Personally, i feel if the NHL was concerned with growing the sport, they wouldn't have had two prolonged work stoppages in a decade.
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