NHL's image rising? The Rangers role:
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07-20-2007, 11:54 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
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If the NHL is lucky, the Rangers will have another great season and if they make it to the finals it could help the image of this sport jump to front and center again. The NHL is dying for a finals story and hasn't truly had one since 94 when its popularity was arguably at its all-time peak.
I'm interested in what everyone says. I know hockey won't get its due airplay or back covers in the Post. Thats not what i'm discussing here. Its about the Rangers role in getting this sport front and center again.
What impact would the Rangers have in the U.S. if they did something special, this season?
Yup, the NHL flounders if New York is not front and center.
If the Rangers make the finals, viewership will still remain dismal. Net Ranger viewership was relatively mediocre, even in last year's environment where Avery became a media darling and the Rangers actually built a team.
The NHL is, and will continue to be, a fringe sport. Just accept it. Frankly, the NHL is shooting itself in the foot again with the ridiculous cap increases every year.
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