Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/23/12 at 04:03 PM ET
And of all the major leagues, ESPN doesn’t carry the NHL. As a consequence, the NHL is like a tree falling in the forest, because pretty much if a sport isn’t on ESPN then it doesn’t count as a sport. Poker became a sport when ESPN started showing it.
Angry hockey people even tabulate the few minutes ESPN deigns to mention the NHL. ESPN replies that hockey is not in the “national discussion.” The NHL is just not like LeBron or Kobe or baby bumps or Mitt Romney’s dog. In fact, to ESPN the NHL is rather like ... Tim Duncan. Hockey fans say that the NHL can’t be in the national discussion unless ESPN discusses it, because in American sports today, that’s how you get national. You get on ESPN. Look at it this way: ESPN to sports is like Fox, MSNBC, the Comedy Channel and MTV all in one.
ESPN might have a problem, though. The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings may very well end up playing in the NHL finals. Is even ESPN bigger than LA and New York, together? Stay tuned.
-Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated.
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