I'd love for there to be fewer teams, but point is, if the NHL wants to grow, it needs to do so in America as much as it does in Canada. I wish ESPN had NHL on it, but I'm happy with Versus because they treat it as the number one sport. If the rumors are true, ESPN and Versus are going to actually compete with each other for the rights to air NHL games, and that should help immensely, either monetarily, or exposure-ly.
Konnan511, I do have to agree with most of your comments. I will say that the expansion years were a mistake in a lot of markets. Bringing hockey back to Minnesota was a great thing. Bringing hockey to Phoenix and Nashville, markets that are struggling, was a stretch. As a result, the talent diluted. I think 24 teams would be better than 30 teams.
-A labor strike that reduced the season to 48 games, and the other a lockout that lost an entire season.
You this pissed off when the other major sports had lockouts? Lockouts happen, and you can blame the owners and players as a whole.
-I'm a hockey fan and I can't watch many games without shelling out money for those channels.
Same with the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Hell, the NFL and directv make oodles of money for the Sunday Ticket.
-$600 million with ESPN in 1998 to $72.5 with Versus in 2008
ESPN offered $60m in this last round of negotiations. I am glad they went with Versus for the extra cash.
Those are the most egregious points. I won't waste my time on the others.
You can always do what we (my family) did and haggle with the cable company and work out deals. We got Versus without paying anything extra, I think all we had to do was upgrade our phone or something for an extra 12 bucks a year. Cable companies make deals all the time with the consumer and are easy to haggle with. PLus you always have bars to watch the game or online streams. I can watch games on my iPhone through streams anywhere in the world.
We're screwed, Google doesn't even know!!!!
what's the definition of true hockey fan