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Hockey Coverage In The US

from Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing,

... For all the talented hockey writers in the U.S., their content often gets buried by news from other sports, and there just aren't the sheer numbers of people covering hockey south of the border that there are up north, causing plenty of American hockey fans to frequently rely on Canadian outlets like TSN (especially for breaking news). Good hockey coverage south of the border's certainly available, but it's admittedly often lower-profile (just look at how ESPN ignored last year's trade deadline, which has become a full-day coverage blitz of ridiculous proportions in Canada), so it's not really surprising that anadmittedly-casual hockey fan like Simmons turns to TSN. 

What this illustrates is that a long lockout may be particularly devastating for the NHL in the U.S., though. Yes, ESPN senior vice president Vince Doria's May comments that hockey doesn't "transfer to a national discussion" were reasonably ridiculous at the time. (And certainly had nothing whatsoever to do with hockey being televised nationally on competitor NBC's channels.) But, the sport is far from dominant on a national scale south of the border. The lockout certainly isn't helping that.

Again, good U.S.-based lockout coverage is there if you know where to find it, but observation suggests that this is drawing far less attention south of the border than the recent NFL or NBA labour disputes. If the lockout continues to drag on, and particularly if it forces the cancellation of this season, it's easy to see the NHL falling further off the map Stateside (especially with casual fans) and drawing even less coverage. Canada and hardcore American fans will be back. Despite the anger of fans and media types up here, the love of the NHL's just too strong for most to stay away once the league and the union resolve their differences.

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Red Winger's avatar

I live in the northern U.S., and no one, NO ONE, gives a fuch about the NHL anymore.

If it is that bad up here, the NHL is done.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/08/12 at 01:43 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

RW they just put it on the Back Burner, They are more worried about Keeping their Job, or finding one in this economy. Trying to make it a Merry Christmas for their Kids, Grandchildren ETC. trying to pay the bills what have you.

I have taken the approach of if the NHL is not Playing it doesn’t make my Surgically repaired shoulder feel better, Doesn’t make my Lumbar Spinal Stenosis feel Better, now I am dealing with sciatica on top of that too. People are resigned to the fact that the NHL is not playing & are worrying about other things.

& I am sure you have a bunch of worries too & so does most every hockey fan, WHEN it comes back I will still be a Hockey fan & will be glad it is back but it still doesn’t matter in the Personal lives of people

Posted by Evilpens on 12/08/12 at 02:45 PM ET


Maybe because the US media is ignoring the lockout, the effect will be less in the US. Because Canada has focused so much attention, the fans up there may be more impacted in a negative way?

Posted by timbits on 12/08/12 at 03:58 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Seriously though, how many people that were going to buy hockey tickets have bought football or basketball tickets instead?  Hockey teams in cities with the other big sports are gonna get killed.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/08/12 at 05:59 PM ET

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