HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Business of Hockey
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The Business of Hockey Discuss the financial and business aspects of the NHL. Topics may include the CBA, work stoppages, broadcast contracts, franchise sales, NHL revenues, relocation and expansion.

NPR: "Russia's Hockey League Glad to Have NHL-Lockout Orphans"

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
12-10-2012, 04:22 PM
  #1
Choralone
Registered User
 
Choralone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Burbank, CA
Country: United States
Posts: 1,275
vCash: 50
NPR: "Russia's Hockey League Glad to Have NHL-Lockout Orphans"

National Public Radio posted this story today Russia's Hockey League Glad to Have NHL-Lockout Orphans

Quote:
Ovechkin plays for Dynamo Moscow, the team that gave him his professional start. He's joined by his Washington Capitals teammate, Center Nicklas Backstrom.

They've made a happy man of Andrei Safronov, Dynamo's general manager: He calls Ovechkin "our hero," and says that he and Backstrom have been playing the kind of spectacular hockey that draws crowds.
The problem so far is that the crowds still haven't really been drawn. Ovechkin complained on his blog:

Quote:
...about what he sees as the lack of interest in hockey in Moscow. He said Dynamo has been playing to unfilled arenas, and said he's still hoping to get back to Washington in time to lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup.

Fans in Russia say it's true their league is still building a fan base.

....

Many clubs have been struggling to amp up their attendance.

Fan Aleck Shakoff says the NHL stars lend some excitement to the season, but he said the league is gaining momentum, even without the outside talent.

"Maybe not this year, but maybe in a few years, of course we will be able to compete with NHL stars," he said. "Definitely. You'll see."
If the KHL were stronger, it would provide more pressure on the owners to get a deal done. However, it seems that by ignoring the threat of competition, they are helping to strengthen it anyway. Thus far the KHL has simply provided a place for some players to go during the lockout - not much different than the Swedish or Swiss leagues. By the time the next collective bargaining agreement rolls around, the KHL could be much stronger. This may be the last chance the owners have the leverage to shove their agenda down the players throats and may be why the pushed for so many concessions from the get go.

Choralone is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
12-10-2012, 06:48 PM
  #2
Mant*
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,911
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Choralone View Post
National Public Radio posted this story today Russia's Hockey League Glad to Have NHL-Lockout Orphans



The problem so far is that the crowds still haven't really been drawn. Ovechkin complained on his blog:



If the KHL were stronger, it would provide more pressure on the owners to get a deal done. However, it seems that by ignoring the threat of competition, they are helping to strengthen it anyway. Thus far the KHL has simply provided a place for some players to go during the lockout - not much different than the Swedish or Swiss leagues. By the time the next collective bargaining agreement rolls around, the KHL could be much stronger. This may be the last chance the owners have the leverage to shove their agenda down the players throats and may be why the pushed for so many concessions from the get go.
I hope these players, complaining about unfilled arenas in the KHL, come back to unfilled arenas in the NHL. Fans need to send them a message.

Mant* is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 PM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2015 All Rights Reserved.