Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/13/05 at 04:17 AM ET
The Sporting News once published a wealth of hockey news. The absence of anything about the NHL in recent issues prompted an e-mail to editor John Rawlings. We wondered what's going on. "Given what I saw as a big decline in interest in the NHL among general sports fans, we decided we could cover the league only irregularly," said Rawlings, who counts himself as "a very fervent hockey fan." TSN did an NHL preview and covered rookie Sidney Crosby's first weekend as a professional. Then the plan was to provide coverage every six to eight weeks. That's being modified. "I have heard from so many subscribers who are unhappy about not getting coverage, we'll step it up to coverage every three to four weeks," Rawlings said. "We'll continue to monitor interest, and if it grows, we'll increase frequency of coverage again." That's a big "if." Based on what we've seen during televised games, there is an increasing number of empty seats in NHL buildings. In any event, TSN's next hockey Insider column is scheduled for the November 25 issue.
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