Not so fast McCown…..

Hey TSM readers.
Did anyone catch Bob Mccown on Primetime Sports today? He went on his usual rant about how the NHL is nothing in the US. He went on to say to say it is “folly” to think a good game or a year of good games would do anything for NHL ratings in the US.
Bob stated that minus a couple of years, the NHL has had national coverage since 1960. He said Americans just don’t like the NHL and never will. Of course he is correct with all of his comments…..at the moment. I say, at the moment, because it wasn’t always that way.
My question to Bob would be: Do you remember June 20, 1994? He probably wouldn’t nor would most of us. On that date, on the cover of Sports Illustrated was, “Why the NHL’s hot and the NBA’s not.”
How times have changed. It’s inconceivable to imagine the NHL being more popular than the NBA today. But Flash back to 1994 and things were different. The great one had just led his LA Kings to the Stanley Cup finals. Gary Betman was only a year into his reign as NHL commissioner so he hadn’t had enough time to ruin things. The game was about to expand into the West. Overall, hockey was booming in the US.
Call it short lived, but it happened. I’m not claiming to know how to fix things. I don’t know if things can be fixed. What I do know is there was a time when the NHL was a hot ticket in the US. SI doesn’t put something like that on the cover for nothing.
Just food for thought………

Anthony

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Eggbert
Eggbert
May 5, 2009 12:32 pm

I agree with McCowan 100%

I read that story from 1994,it speaks more of the NBA going through a lul more than anything else.

CD
CD
May 5, 2009 1:04 pm

Plus I think that McCowan’s comment was more to the fact that across the US, the NHL had never been successful enough to get big numbers on National TV…which would be a clear indication of the national acceptance of the game. Sure, at that time (ie 1994) the NHL was a hot ticket IN THE CITIES THAT HAD TEAMS or were about to get teams, but I don’t think that ever translated to big nationwide TV figures. There has, and probably always will be, strong support for individual teams in a given market…even those in less traditional markets (eg. SJ, Anaheim)…but the fact is those fans in general don’t follow hockey beyond the home team.

Mike S
Mike S
May 5, 2009 3:23 pm

The 1993-94 season was the first season of Michael Jordan’s “first” retirement………….that was one of the big reasons why a magazine like Sports Illustrated would put down the NBA at that time

Jeffrey Hanson
Jeffrey Hanson
May 9, 2009 11:36 pm

Did you hear how much each team received by NBC last year. $100 k. Now, ask yourself again, is the NHL hot. I think not. Fire Bettman now

Bob
Bob
January 23, 2011 12:21 am

The NHL may be perceived by many as barbaric. That’s so unfair. Cheap headshots are a good idea. They are “part of our game”. No one should challenge it.

In fact, blind-sided head shots in the Owners’ and NHL Head Offices should also be allowed.

It’s such a great idea.

Cheap head shots by corporate executives in search of competitors’ jobs in the Head Offices may be more efffective than reason.

When Gary Bettman leans over to pick up dropped papers, hit him hard in the head. It’s his fault after all. he didn’t keep his head up. Now you have a chance to be Commissioner.

Or, the NHL could simply disregard players’ personal safety completely and eliminate all the rules intended to protect their physical safety.

After all, Gladiators in ancient Rome were hugely popular. Look at the OFC and its rising popularity.

Appealing to mankind’s lower basic instincts raises revenues and reflects what freedom is all about.

Think of the revenues. Don’t worry about the kids. Take a shot for the team and show how really tough you are by letting your brain be destroyed.

Don’t complain like a baby when your colleagues take a cheap head shot at you, Gary. Take it for the good principle it is. Be a team player.

Bob
Bob
January 23, 2011 12:32 am

The NHL may be perceived by many as barbaric. That’s unfair. the rules reagrding “cheap headshots” need to be thought through carefully. They are “part of our game”.

Suppose, however, that blind-sided head shots were tolerated in the Owners’ and NHL Head Offices?

Cheap head shots by corporate executives in search of competitors’ jobs in the Head Offices may be more efffective than reason.

When Owners lean over to pick up dropped papers, competing executives might take “cheap head-shots”

It’s the other executives fault after all for not keeping their heads up. Now these executives can raise their profile and have greater influence.

Or, the NHL could simply disreguard players’ personal safety.

Appealing to mankind’s lower basic instincts raises revenues and reflects what freedom is all about.

Think of the revenues. Don’t worry about the kids. Take a shot for the team and show how really tough you are.

Ethically, it’s wrong. Bob is correct.

Gene
Gene
March 10, 2011 8:27 am

well as per the NHL I feel the recent incidents should impact Gary bettman’s job and Colin Campbell’s job. treading water to stay a float with the coyotes and a non supension on the Chara hit is embarrassing to the League and its followers. there are a number of things to resolve these issues based on most of these problems have never arisen in the past. We should eliminate at least 5 teams to get rid of financial problems, increase the amount of quality players per team. gain respect in the league again, eliminating the amount of problems with head shots due to less below avaerage players in the league. it would be just nice to hear from gary bettman that expansion has failed in several places

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