NBA remains ahead of NHL

So I am in New York for business and as part of that trip to see the US Open. Unfortunately, it poured all day today so despite the fact that I spent the day on the grounds of the US Open, I didn’t see one single point played. The US open facility is incredible. It’s massive yet very personable. You couldn’t walk two steps without someone being there to ensue that you had what you needed and all with a smile. It was like the Rogrs Cup on steroids.

After being rained out we hit the city in search of something to do. Mrs. TSM wanted to shop so I of course gave in. However with a couple of stops for me, I mean the kids. So after the places she wanted to to, including American Girl store, we hit the NBA store and then the NHL store.

Talk about size not matering, wow what a diference. The NBA store is reallly cool. It’s also huge. They have everything you could ever think of. School supplies, t-shirts, shoes,shorts, cards, plates and utensils. Literally you name I they have it.

Then there is the NHL store. Next to the multi level NBA store the NHL store looks minor league. The offering is a lot like that in your typical NHL arena. Jerseys and t-shirts. Nothing more, for the most part. It’s not that it wasn’t nice, it was. It just was blah after Being in the NBA store. In one you can tell there is great forthought into the target audience. in the other it just looks blah and tired. It’s further evidence of the differnce between the machine that is the NBA and he small town NHL. The NHL has such awesome fans and great potential. It just appears that they are aslep at the watch. It’s too bad. As I have said before, the NHL audience is so tuned in, so tied to technology it’s a shame that can’t capitalize on it.

It appears that the gap between the two is widening and that sad. Here’s hoping that this stops.

this was written on my iPhone, pardon the spelling

I am curious tonight what you would be willing to give up for Phil Keasel via trade? Would you deal a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for him? Why or why not(

TSM

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mike
mike
September 12, 2009 8:44 am

attendance figures are a good indicator of league popularity and there is evidence that the NHL and NBA sell roughly the same amount of tickets overall.

i completely agree about the technology point. MLB has been amazing at building a whole culture around the content available on its .com site, as well as a revenue stream with its iPhone app.

stay dry … it’s crazy wet here in boston.

LeafFan1989
LeafFan1989
September 12, 2009 9:52 am

A 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd are peanuts compared to a guy with Kessel’s skill. Drafts are meant to give you prospects while Kessel is a proven NHL player. 3 prospects of whom, optimistically, 2 make it to the NHL. There’s no guarantee that the prospects are gonna be 30 goal scorers. And Kessel is sill young so its a good deal for any team to make. Chiralli realises this too and he knows Kessel is worth more that a first, second, and a third.

Think of it this way, the price of getting a top five pick is probably a first, second and a third. Here you have a guy who’s already proven in the NHL. Which would you rather take, a blue-chip prospect or a proven NHL sniper.

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