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by George Malik on 05/07/13 at 12:02 PM ET
From the land of virus fun: a certain coworker forwarded me a column from Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski involving serious criticism of WBBL's Bill Simonson's...Well, serious critique of the 2-game suspension Justin Abdelkader received from the NHL for his high hit on Toni Lydman, and, well...I'd prefer to let you read what Simonson had to say for yourself:
The NHL's mindless cronies loved watching the Los Angeles Kings win it last year. The Red Wings — like most teams from Detroit — get no national media love or attention from the NHL. Bettman is hooked on the big markets. He thinks his sport should be on the same level as the NFL and Major League Baseball in the U.S. He is so wrong.
Beyond the few hockey diehards — and bandwagon fans in the playoffs interested in the Red Wings — ask yourself, what does the NHL do to draw you in? They have no clue how to market the sport in America. Name five stars in the league not in Detroit?
The Red Wings know how to market and run a franchise better than the NHL can run their own business. If it weren’t for the Red Wings, I couldn’t care less for the league.
Bettman is by far the worst leader of a sports league to ever walk this earth. He let the league expand when it it was stupid to expand. The NHL has a blind arrogance from the league office that makes you think they have no idea what they’re doing.
If Canada didn’t like hockey, the NHL would be out of business. Please don’t tell me about the number of minor-league teams and people who play hockey. I love minor-league hockey and those who play, but if there weren’t cheap tickets, cheap beer or cheap hot dogs, there would be no minor-league hockey. It’s entertainment and player development.
Simonson continues at some length, and while I tend to agree with at least Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond's suggestion that Abdelkader's suspension was...Let's say inconsistent, and penalized results over intent, especially given that Abdelkader received a 5-minute major and game misconduct...
I think Simonson's selling American hockey fans, Michiganders and Red Wings fans short in a near Valenti-esque manner, and it's just painful to read Simonson--who really is an excellent radio host, regularly giving the Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins a very long shrift in a sports radio marketplace that more than occasionally forgets that hockey exists when the flagship station isn't broadcasting it--offer such a myopic take on both the level of interest in hockey, period in the U.S. and the intelligence of we, the tinfoil-hat-wearing members of Red Wings Nation.
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