03
Jun
09

How to make the NHL more popular

I hear the complaints from Hockey fans left and right.  Why do we not get any love on ESPN.  It is a very similar complaint I have living in California, why must they always talk about the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs?  Last week the Dodger still had the best record and the league and took a series from the reining World Series Champs.  Yet all we saw was Big Papi still suck at the plate, and the Yankees hit another home run out of their band box.  I know I can’t change what Sports Center reports but I know what Hockey can do to change the popularity of their sport. Stop competing with the NBA finals.

Out here in California, majority of the people could care less about hockey.  It is foreign to us and it is played on the VS network.  They are those teams that get to use Staples Center when the Clippers and Lakers do not have a game.  Mainly the only connection to Hockey as a child for us is from the movie Mighty Ducks and Airbone.  Yes, I know it is pretty sad, but out here in the west we just don’t care.

So I propose to the NHL and fans world wide to change their seasons start and end.  It would work wonders for the sport.  Check it out.

Super Bowl Sunday is the first week of February, the NBA finals take place in mid June, the World Series is played in October.  Lets assume that the postseason lasts a month.  This means the month of January, October, and June are taken.  Hockey should change their season schedule to end and have playoffs at a different time then trying to compete with the NBA finals.  I would recommend April or August.  That way there is nothing to exciting happening with the big three.  If hockey was on during these times when the other sports were “slow” they would not have to televise games on VS.  It could be done on ESPN or TNT.  Possibly attracting higher ratings and getting people to follow hockey.

Trying to compete with the NBA they lose tons of potential fans.  If I had my choice to watch LeBron and Kobe or Syd and Ovie, I would chose LeBron and Kobe.

I think if hockey wants more fans to see their unreal post season, which this post season has been, then they need to change the schedule and dates of when they start and end.  They will never get more coverage then the NBA.  It just wont happen.  Time for a change NHL.

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