Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

What Lockout?

from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel a the New York Times,

From September to January, while the lockout wore on, some predicted the league’s fans would punish the owners and players by staying home and not tuning in. But as basketball fans did after the N.B.A.’s 2011 lockout, N.H.L. fans came back immediately and in droves. To wit:

■ N.H.L. teams played to 97.5 percent capacity, and average attendance was 17,768, up 2.6 percent compared to last year’s full-season figure. Average attendance for 25 of 30 teams was up or equal to their full season 2011-12 attendance average.

■ There were healthy leaps in regular-season network television audiences on both sides of the border. NBC’s viewership increased 15 percent (compared with a 2011-12 figure that omits the Winter Classic, which was canceled this season because of the lockout), and NBC Sports Network posted an 18 percent jump, for the N.H.L.’s strongest national cable audience since 1993-94. On local television, 22 clubs had double- or triple-digit percentage increases in viewership.

■ Stanley Cup finals viewership is also up in both the United States and Canada, with NBC and NBC Sports Network averaging 5.356 million viewers over the first four games, the largest network audience in the United States since that figure was first tracked in 1994.

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink



If only there was someone telling you all of this while the blowhards were blowharding about how done people were with the NHL and what a joke the lockout made it.

Stuff like this is why the NHL can have a lockout whenever they think they need one.  Nobody really cares about the lockouts once they are over. 

Water under the bridge.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/22/13 at 02:59 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The NHL didn’t get a dime from me this year. I also found a way to watch all the games in HD without them seeing any coin for it. I wouldn’t have bothered had it not been for the lockout.

I do find it funny that HHD refers to others as having been blowhards.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/22/13 at 05:24 PM ET


I haven’t given them any money either and plan on doing the same next year.

Posted by loojay on 06/22/13 at 06:47 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook