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Is ESPN Killing the National Hockey League by Influencing Public Attitudes?

Thanks to NoMich for dragging this into the gutter with vulgarity. Just what we really needed in an intelligent discussion...

posted by badanswerman at 04:37 AM on July 08

Is ESPN Killing the National Hockey League by Influencing Public Attitudes?

I must agree that overexpansion has contributed to the demise of the NHL even more than Tony Cornheiser, Mike and Mike, or Colin Cowherd. The almost never ending playoffs push the Stanley Cup into June, where most of the country is swimming in water, not skating on it. Scenario: You are living in any of 20 midwestern states in the US. It is June 1. The temperature outside is 83 degrees; sunny; 35% humidity; Saturday afternoon at 1:45. Are you most likely to (1). mow the lawn, get in the pool, fire up the BBQ grill, and playing whiffle ball with the kids or (2). go inside, turn on the big screen, and watch Buffalo play Ottowa in game 2 of the Cup? Although many of the announcers do take potshots and make demeaning references towards the NHL (it seems like only Joh Saunders cares any more), most of it is deserved.

posted by badanswerman at 05:09 PM on July 07