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A big part of the issue is your income from TV and tickets sales lags a distant fourth behind the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/29/20 at 05:33 PM ET

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A big part is lack of diversity?  I’d like to think you are kidding but I’m sure you believe that, and that is sad.

Posted by RWBill on 06/29/20 at 06:06 PM ET

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I’m going to pretend this is a joke.

Some people don’t understand dollars and sense.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/29/20 at 06:58 PM ET

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Whine, Whine, Whine. smirk

Posted by bigfrog on 06/29/20 at 07:04 PM ET

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Hockey lacks diversity? The hell you say!!! I’m pretty positive that its just coincidence that hockey has such a niche fanbase.

I mean, it’s not like it became a huge, national story when a black guy became a fan of hockey a few years ago.

Nah, there’s no untapped revenue potential in the form of trying to appeal to non-white people…...........none at all.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/29/20 at 07:55 PM ET

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I get what hes trying to say but he comes off grimey framing it in this context.

Hed be better served making positive or helpful statements.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/29/20 at 08:07 PM ET

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Kane- the guy that posted pictures of himself doing push-ups with money on his back…. never to be taken seriously.

Posted by SevensForTed on 06/30/20 at 08:04 AM ET

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Sure, diversity is part of it. Gotta make the sport more popular; more eyeballs, more money coming in. So what are the barriers to that?

It’s an expensive sport to get into
Rinks not being as commonplace as a field or basketball court
Competes with playoff baseball/basketball/NFL
low scoring

Should we affirmative action the NHL and make all teams have 25% minorities?

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/30/20 at 08:22 AM ET

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Yeah it seems like a lot of you are missing the point a bit.

More diverse sport = larger and broader fanbase = more income for players and the league.

Obviously that’s not the whole story, but the argument wasn’t “if we were more diverse we’d be bigger than the NFL.” The exact words were “part of the issue,” which I think is 100% valid.

Not accusing anyone of anything, but maybe take a step back and examine your initial reaction? As far as I can tell, all he really seems to be saying here with this pull quote is that more diversity / representation would make the sport more popular and more financially successful. I feel like that is ... obvious, right? I don’t see why it should be a controversial observation.

And yes, that’s a hard problem to solve due to the high barriers to entry for kids who might want to play. Expensive equipment. Rink access. Teams to play on. But if you want to grow the game and improve the culture it’s necessary to work on these issues.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/30/20 at 08:43 AM ET

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Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/30/20 at 08:43 AM ET

Maybe some day the NHL, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and NHL organizations will start a program that helps people in need join the sport of hockey ...


oh, wait ...

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/30/20 at 03:06 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/30/20 at 03:06 PM ET

Just because there are some programs already in place doesn’t mean we can’t do more, or better.

I don’t mean any disrespect to the people who are already doing the work. Just saying there’s still a long way to go. More is needed. And it’s work worth doing.

On the other hand you have people who are outright denying that hockey even has a diversity problem at all, or even if it does, that it’s worth trying to fix.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/30/20 at 05:20 PM ET

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