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Evening Line- Brent Burns And Barry Melrose On The World Cup Of Hockey On ESPN

"I think it's good for hockey in many ways. Obviously, they reach a huge amount of households, and a lot of people watch it if you're a hockey fan or not. It may bring in more people, let them see how great the game is and get them addicted to hockey like the rest of us."

-Brent Burns

"When you walk into a bar, you walk into a restaurant, you walk into any place in the United States or basically the world, ESPN's on. We still have that over any other sports network in the world: the fact that we're on just about everywhere all the time."

-Barry Melrose of ESPN.

Stephen Whyno of the AP has much more about hockey on ESPN.

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Hootinani's avatar

When you walk into a bar, you walk into a restaurant, you walk into any place in the United States or basically the world, ESPN’s on. We still have that over any other sports network in the world: the fact that we’re on just about everywhere all the time.

Itll be the first time its been on my TV in 12 years or more

Is it wrong that Uncle Barry is still my favorite mouthpiece over at ESPN?

yes

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/07/16 at 08:36 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I can’t stand Barry Melrose’s Don Cherry Lite schtick, but he’s not wrong about this, not at all.

Think about the just-concluded Olympics. How many people give a fart about water polo, or fencing, or really every summer Olympic sport except basketball and soccer, when it isn’t the month surrounding the Olympics?

But—and I am no exception to this—throw Team USA speedwalkers up against Team Ex-Communist Wasteland, and we’re all in despite knowing little to nothing about the sport we’re watching.

I don’t think the NHL on ESPN would change much, at this point. Hockey is a regional game, the league is still run a marked level below the professionalism of the MLB or NBA (for all their foibles). Kids don’t just go out and play hockey, it’s an expensive sport that caters to, nowadays, families that are at least upper-middle-class. Being on ESPN doesn’t solve those things.

But a well-run international tourney on ESPN will undoubtedly open some new eyes to the game that wouldn’t have otherwise seen it, and I’m all for that.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/08/16 at 09:50 AM ET

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