DocEmrick wrote:The NHL will never take the MLB as the secondary sport of the United States, and that is fine, as most of Americans would rather watch a mindless game where you have to hit a ball - followed by mindless reality TV (no offense to anyone here), but should the Pens continue on this line of winning, and endure hardship, that is pretty much what the NHL needs.
I agree tha the NHL needs there young superstars to have strong rivalries to build around and it really creates interest for the game. One of the reasons why the NHL markets the crap out of Crosby is because he speaks perfect english, in the US market that means everything, its one of the reasons why Gretzky was so well received in the US, he was the greatest of all time, but he was able to communicate very well to reporters (a big plus when trying to grow the game) The NHL will gain popularity in the US as more and more superstars are US born. Patrick Kane will do wonders for the game, a young talented kid from Buffalo.
Its not like the NHL couldn't catch the NBA or MLB in terms of sports hierarchy however it would be tough to top baseball for three main reasons
1. Its the National Pasttime (My first sports memory is my dad taking me to a Yankess Stadium to see a game, i paid him back by taking him to the last game at yankee Stadium, i am not a yankees fan though)
2. They play the majority of there season when there is ZERO competition from any of the other major sports. The most exiciting of any sports season is the playoffs and there is right when football season is just really starting so people still have an interest in baseball.
3. Its cheaper to take up baseball then hockey, you just need a glove bat and a ball, all things that can be had for under 50 bucks if you buy cheap.
The NHL does have a chance to catch the NBA but its going to be an uphill battle mainly because of the ummm, "urban" background of the NBA, the NHL does not appeal much to the umm, "urban" crowd as much as basketball does and that is a key demography to tie into. Its not like those "urban" areas are lining up to get the latest Crosby skate, but they are lining up to get the latest Jordans (see where i am going with it) The NBA as more sources to pull revenue in then the NHL does, hence they will have more sponsers.