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If I were the hockey commissioner,

14 Nov

here is what I’d do: Make every game available for free on the Internet. The NFL is dying, and the NHL would be wise to step into the gap. NOW is the time to gain fans and develop team loyalties. In a year or two it may well be too late. People are leaving the NFL in droves NOW. Give them something to replace it. Give them the NHL.

If the NHL were to announce NOW that starting next year they will stream most or all games for free, it would be a serious kick in the teeth to the NFL, and the NHL would eat its lunch… Jersey sales would skyrocket, as would game tickets. Along with that, do a series of rule and play tutorials.

They need to strike while the iron is hot, here.

 
 

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  1. Oregonian

    November 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hockey? No one plays hockey outside of the northeast US and upper midwest. Compare that with soccer that is now played throughout the US, not to mention the rest of the world where it’s been well-established for decades.

    I agree that the NFL is dying but soccer’s going to fill that gap, not hockey.

    I wouldn’t watch a hockey game if you paid me to.

    I know you didn’t ask but here’s a ranking of my favorite sports to watch on TV:
    baseball
    football
    basketball
    THE END

    I’m not interested in watching anything else. Except for maybe some of the summer olympic sports in small doses every four years.

    Sorry for the run-on sentences. Trying to type as fast as the thoughts come out. Love your blog!

     
    • Gregor Mendel

      November 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Baseball sucks. The only thing worse is soccer.

      Maybe Rugby will make a mark. Maybe.

       
      • Oregonian

        November 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm

        Rugby???? Don’t make me laugh.

         
        • Gregor Mendel

          November 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

          Well, maybe!