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Grow The Game Via Television

from Daryl Reaugh at the Dallas Stars website,

Going forward, the NHL and NHLPA ‘partnership’ can only sell so many more tickets, jerseys, hats, key chains, etc. The biggest potential growth area for them is eyeballs -television. But you can’t grow something if you don’t water it and allow it to flourish. Leave it in the same small pot, give it just enough water to survive, always keep it partially shaded and that growth will be, well, disappointing.

As long as ‘leaders’ shrug their shoulders and give in to that tired, generations-old maxim that ‘hockey is the best sport to see live but just doesn’t translate to television’, nothing will change. (I wish they’d ask me for suggestions)

And as long as the people with a big say in how the game is presented on television are the same people who are managing the sport, who are busy ‘trying not to lose’ both the game at hand and their own jobs, and are often hiding behind the skirt of ‘competitive disadvantage’, then sadly nothing will change.

Remember this: The National Hockey League is - at its core - the steward of the 30 franchises that comprise it, and the National Hockey League Players Association has the best interests of the 800+ players it represents as its reason for being. (Both caretakers of what they should be caretaking.) That said, they are rather myopic in their views of what is most important ‘for the game’.


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Hank1974's avatar

The game will never have a chance to be bigger than it currently is on TV until the game opens up - a LOT.
Right now, you need several replays from multiple angles just to figure out who scores a goal.
With ‘Turtle Defenses’ and a propensity for all 30 teams to simply ‘throw the puck on net’, the puck is hard to track and even harder to figure out who’s scored the goal.

The NHL to open the game up so a lot more clean goals happen. Goals where a guy can actually let one fly from more than 6-feet out and have a shot of scoring without relying on a tip or screen.

To do that, you need to make the nets bigger. Or take 2 skaters off the ice.

But until the game is opened up a lot more so that we see more clean, exciting even-strength goals, only the super die-hard fans will bother to tune in - and 90% of those people will only watch their team.
There’s very few NHL fans that will tune in to watch other teams.
I used to be one of those people. But now, who wants to watch a game where both teams employ a 1-4 and only cross the red-line when they’re on the PP.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/08/13 at 08:07 PM ET

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