Now to shoot a hole in your theory.
Originally posted by Riggins44@May 23 2004, 12:38 AM
My days of being an avid NHL fan (and I do mean real AVID) went by the wayside in 1997, when my Whalers skated out of Connecticut for some joke city in Carolina, thanks to jackal Bettman Angry
Anyhow, I still do follow hockey a small bit and have kept an eye on the Philly/Lightning tilt, which was excellent hockey. No other way to analyze the series, but to say neither team deserved to lose. Flyers came so close, but their big money forwards didn't get enough goals.
Here are some of thoughts regarding the NHL:
Anytime you have a Canadian team in the finals (except for maybe Toronto), ratings in the states will take a hit. But, honestly, the ratings are always pretty low? Matter of fact, I believe the ratings wouldn't have been much better if San Jose advanced. Also, after a decade of not having a Canadian team in the finals, Canadian ratings should spike--particularly out west.
The NBC deal is a real step backwards, no matter how much Barry Melrose and Saunders tried to spin the deal. Last thing the NHL needed was to go back in time (pre-Fox deal) and get a deal without rights fees. Still, what can the NHL expect, considering the lack of scoring and labor issues?
P.S: Here's the thing about U.S ratings out west: Remember when the Kings got beat by the Canadiens in 1993 and the ratings in LA spiked, with the stands full of celebs?
Thing is, despite that short spike, ratings in LA tailed off real quickly. Throw into the mix the radical demographic changes over the last decade in LA, and one wonders if the Kings and Ducks can make it anyway in that fiscally bankrupt and beleagered region.
Point? Basically, all these western and southern cities in the NHL suck, regardless of short term win streaks........So does Bettman! ;)