NHL's image rising? The Rangers role:
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07-20-2007, 01:30 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
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I'm no baseball expert Johnny, but I think that at least the MLB had a large casual fan base that was disillusioned by their lockout. They didn't need to develop new fans as much as they just had to win the old ones back. Maybe McGuire/Sosa and/or Yankee dynasty was well timed, or maybe they just would have come back anyway at some point.
Yeah, IMO its that there was a large casual fanbase and like you said, McGwire/Sosa + Yankee dynasty was perfectly timed to bring people back. Self definitely got lucky though, I don't think he did anything (besides turning a blind eye to steroids).
As was mentioned earlier in the thread, there are casual hockey fans out there in the NY area (Remember 94?). I can't speak as well about other regions in the country, but the NHL has done itself no favors in getting those casual fans' people's attention- between the Rangers sucking, a boring style of play and the lockout.
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