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11-14-2011, 02:08 PM
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No NBA Season; Growth For The NHL?

The NBPA has rejected the owners latest proposal which was their best shot at salvaging a 72 game season. The players stated that they are ready to embrace no season. It looks like there will be no basketball this season.

I for one am thrilled at this news. I never watch NBA basketball and have completely lost all interest in it. Hockey is my life. Not only should the NHL grow in popularity, but the Rangers fanbase will definitely grow as well.

Here's the article from USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baske...ver/51198288/1



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11-14-2011, 02:13 PM
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This is only good new for the NHL and the growth. Its not going to all of a sudden attract a million new fans, but it will keep baseketball off of ESPN and other sport stations and they will focus more on hockey.

The pluses of no NBA this year is huge for the NHL. I could problaby come up with 100 reasons why, but i won't

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I guess...

The problem is football is still happening. Hence no hockey talk.

When football is over, it will be a week until pitchers and catchers meet. Still no hockey talk.

Then it will be March madness. Again no hockey talk.

It will now be April. Baseball starts. Still no hockey talk.


I don't see where the "growth in popularity" will happen.

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is it terrible that i honestly hope the NBA never comes back?

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I guess...

The problem is football is still happening. Hence no hockey talk.

When football is over, it will be a week until pitchers and catchers meet. Still no hockey talk.

Then it will be March madness. Again no hockey talk.

It will now be April. Baseball starts. Still no hockey talk.


I don't see where the "growth in popularity" will happen.
it will happen when it is crappy weather on, and nothing is on besides a hockey game.

Really this is def a chance to get a lot of fans. As everyone here knows, hockey is the best sport to watch live. And I think the lack of NBA basketball will lead to a few people giving a hockey game a shot, and possibly get as addicted as us nuts around here. haha

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is it terrible that i honestly hope the NBA never comes back?
Nope, NBA is the worst. And not for the game play, but more so the amount of kids leaving college for $$$ and then never playing again. Remember Joe Forte? He was suppose to be the next Jordan. Left school early for $$, and is now playing in the italian league.

The NBA's biggest problem is the inflated egos of the players.

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No.

None of my friends who like basketball give two craps about hockey. All this does is hurt us who like all New York sports. It's not going to help hockey.

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I'm not a big NBA fan and won't miss it personally. And I hope that its absence will give a boost to the NHL. But let's not forget that the shoe was on the other foot not too long ago, and may be again with the CBA ending in September. And let's not forget that a lot of people will be out of work because of this, and not just millionaires who play a sport for a living.

The NHL may reap some benefits from this in terms of viewership and ticket sales, but ultimately this isn't a good thing. In these hard economic times, we don't need a multi-billion dollar business ceasing operations for a year.

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An NBA lockout would help the Southern expansion teams a lot. But personally I hope it doesn't affect the rangers. More interest is only going to drive our ticket prices up even higher.

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I have already seen / heard a difference. I mentioned it in a few posts before but on radio stations that I listen to they are mentioning the Rangers and the local hockey team scores and upcoming games etc.

They NEVER mentioned hockey or the scores etc. Hell they wished Woywitka a HBD on the radio the other day. That is when I knew they were hurting to fill the sports time.

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I don't think it will, because non-hockey fans are ignorant to the game. People write off hockey without ever even watching a game. I can't stand some of these media talking heads who scoff at hockey like it's some kind of stupid sport.

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Screw the NBA, and screw the culture of greed that permeates pro sports in general.

But really..screw David Stern as well. I hate the NBA, but the one thing that really stinks about the lockout for the whole season is all the people who will be without a job now. Not the players, but the other folks.

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I guess...

The problem is football is still happening. Hence no hockey talk.

When football is over, it will be a week until pitchers and catchers meet. Still no hockey talk.

Then it will be March madness. Again no hockey talk.

It will now be April. Baseball starts. Still no hockey talk.


I don't see where the "growth in popularity" will happen.
True to a point. I certainly don't expect non hockey fans to start watching NHL games suddenly. However, have you ever watched SportsCenter when all that is going on is baseball? It is horrifically boring... and I like baseball. They will be smart enough to mix in story lines and highlights from hockey- not because they want to necessarily, but because they HAVE to for entertainment sake. Here's hoping that a few bored basketball fans like something that they see and get interested.

This will work best if the NHL is smart enough to capitalize on a vacant NBA market- advertising, package game deals, prime time exposure, etc. The Thanksgiving game is a good start...

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NBA was horrible anyway.

NFL and NHL should draft the eligible NBA players. Some of them would probably transition pretty well.

Kemba Walker to the Rangers could have been cool.

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What are the NBA's ratings like? I honestly don't know a single individual who regularly watches NBA games...

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Screw the NBA, and screw the culture of greed that permeates pro sports in general.

But really..screw David Stern as well. I hate the NBA, but the one thing that really stinks about the lockout for the whole season is all the people who will be without a job now. Not the players, but the other folks.
Agreed. The greed of the players and owners puts regular folks out of work now and will inevitably drive up ticket prices whenever they decide to come back. I'm going to guess they are gonna lose a bunch of fans from this. Kind of ridiculous that the NBA is gonna screw over the regular Joe- in part because the players want to retain their "right" to do illegal drugs during the offseason.

Hope some NBA fans see the light and come on over to the good side.

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What are the NBA's ratings like? I honestly don't know a single individual who regularly watches NBA games...
See, that's the thing with the NBA.

Most people are just casual fans who tune into watch the stars which boosts the ratings. NBA local ratings suck besides Knicks, Heat, Lakers, Celtics and a few others. Beauty of hockey is most fans are diehards. They're Finals ratings are good because of the stars. If it was Milwaukee vs. Memphis, ratings would be awful.

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http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=939181&page=3 there was a thread on this a while back..

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http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=939181&page=3 there was a thread on this a while back..
And now there's this one.

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I guess...

The problem is football is still happening. Hence no hockey talk.

When football is over, it will be a week until pitchers and catchers meet. Still no hockey talk.

Then it will be March madness. Again no hockey talk.

It will now be April. Baseball starts. Still no hockey talk.
This is why I dont watch ESPN.

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This is why I dont watch ESPN.
I watch it because I like football, baseball, and some other sports. It'll be very nice to not have to hear as much about basketball.

There will be more NHL highlights on the ESPN Top 10.

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I guess...

The problem is football is still happening. Hence no hockey talk.

When football is over, it will be a week until pitchers and catchers meet. Still no hockey talk.

Then it will be March madness. Again no hockey talk.

It will now be April. Baseball starts. Still no hockey talk.


I don't see where the "growth in popularity" will happen.

Depends on what you mean by growth in popularity. Those who expect a 50% increase are unrealistic. But is it really impossible that revenue would go up a few percent because of the NBA lockout?

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Not much of a basketball fan, pro or college.

But...I think overall it's not a good thing. A lot jobs are affected.

Hockey will be more popular when we win the Cup.

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Well the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders ratings all went down from around this point last season.

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I'm delighted, but the only real gain is that the Rangers will be on MSGHD more. Until we get the night were the Devils and Islanders bump us to the TV Guide channel filmed with an iPhone and telecasted over a tin can and string.

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