Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/17/06 at 10:40 AM ET
Bettman has to get the NHL back on a network (preferably sports-friendly ESPN) even if the league has to pay to do it. Only then can it win back fans. Many Canadians say they don’t care if the sport isn’t appreciated in the U.S. Well, better start caring. Fact is, the league and its players, need the U.S. market. Without that, all you’ve got left is the CFL with pucks.-Games 3-5 in St. Louis had a 3.4 rating, 47% above the national rating. -Q. What did Steve Staios say to you? (if you missed it, the two had a little bump as Ward was skating off the ice at the end of OT) CAM WARD: I don't even remember. That's long over with. Just had a remark after the game and that's it. It's over. from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
They are neophytes to the NHL and reside in the sun-splashed cities of the southeast United States, the kind of cities where water turns to ice on its own outdoors with about the same frequency as the Braves have failed to make the playoffs. So in the early and mid-90s, when the NHL sent its minions to set up camp in south Florida, Tampa, Raleigh and Atlanta, the traditional hockey hotbeds responded with mocking laughter. But who's laughing now?more (reg. req.)
My CWPFs(close warm personal friends) tell me fans aren't the only ones who have given up on the NHL. So have sports editors all across these United States. Moles say only six American newspapers have sent hockey writers to cover the Stanley Cup Finals. That's almost unbelievable. No wonder women's softball and the National Spelling Bee did better in the TV ratings than the NHL.Rob Parker, Detroit News
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