Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/15/06 at 10:23 AM ET
It's only another 30 seconds three times a period, nine times a game. It's only an additional 90 seconds, in each of the intermissions. But by adding another half-minute to each television timeout then adding another minute-and-a-half to each break between periods, the NHL's attempt to make its product more television-friendly has made the product itself less appealing. It's all about flow, Gary Bettman used to say in discounting the importance of actual goal-scoring back in the pre-cap day when it benefited the league to keep the number of 50-goal-scorers at a minimum - better not to have to pay them, you know? - and the newly adopted extended breaks between play only have served to destroy the flow and natural rhythms of the sport.continued
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