Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/03/13 at 08:38 AM ET
from Catherine at SportsBlog.com,
We may have invented hockey and we may supply more than 50% of the NHL's players and we may love it more as a society and we may even be better "customers" of it in a relative way. We don't post better viewership figures in hard numbers, but we post better viewership figures in relative numbers. We may feel more attached to the game and have had a tremendous impact on the growth of the NHL, but we don't own it or control it and it owes us nothing except gratitude, which it gives us aplenty by employing our players, broadening the appeal of the game and preserving our shared history.
The NHL is a business. It makes business decisions. It doesn't sit around deciding how best to mess with Canada. The NHL needs Canada if it wants to remain the premier professional hockey league and everyone knows this. We are its largest supplier. Canada needs the NHL if it wants to remain a part of a premier professional hockey league and everyone knows this. They are our biggest customer. The only way we could hurt the NHL would be to start our own league. The only way the NHL could hurt Canada would be to let us. So, we're stuck together. Everyone just needs to accept it.
So, now we've established that the NHL is a business (a for profit entity) and makes business decisions (to earn profit). Almost done. The rest is A-B-C easy.
If they aren't expanding to Canada it is because it does not make business sense. No more and no less.
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