Let’s face it, the National Hockey League is lagging behind and the lockout doesn’t help.
In popularity the National Hockey League is last out of the four major sports in America. The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. We all know that the mult billion dollar corporation that is the National Football League is by far Americas sport. Thier attendence is by far is the best in all sports. In Major League Soccer,thier average attendance and ratings are going up. While the National Hockey Leagues is going down.
In 2012 the fifty most watch sports events were Football, Basketball and Baseball. No NHL matchup made it into the top 50 despite the league playing alot of games between the regular season as well as the postseason. Golf and Nascar were even on the top 50. How can Golf and Nascar be and not the NHL? The owners and players caused the 2004 lockout. not being able to come to an agreement on a deal, put the league well below where it should be. Fans didn’t have hockey to watch so they stopped focusing on the NHL.
A major reason the NHL is lagging is the lack of superstars. Think about it football, basketball and baseball have a greater amount of superstars than hockey does. With superstars come drama and lets face it the National Hockey League has no drama with superstars.
I love hockey but this is a problem that is only getting worse. The problems the NHL face, lockouts, attendence, lack of fans all have the same common denominator that is commissioner Gary Bettman. How can you let two lockouts happen over an eight year period. Not even ten years! Two lockouts, that should say enough.
Gary Bettman is ruining the NHL. Ever since he took away the deal with ESPN, Hockey has been on the decline. A lot of America watches ESPN. The National Football League and ESPN features many shows dealing with football, as does baseball and basketball.
As I see it, things are not going to change in the near future. The National Football League is getting more popular and consuming more money by the minute. Major League Baseball’s new playoff format gets more teams involved at the end of the season. Making it more exciting for baseball fans. With the last two NBA finals having great rates since the late 90′s these sports are getting stronger. As for the National Hockey League, if the players are not on the ice, popularity will be hard to come by in the near future.