Do you know when your sport is having problems gaining traction in America? When a comedian running an account based on Fox's NFL robot Cleatus is taking shots at your league, it might be time to look at a new strategy when it comes to what exactly you're doing.
Update : The #NHL cancels games thru New Years. Update: No one cares, STILL!— Cleatus (@CLEATUSonFOX) December 11, 2012
For as harsh as this seems on the surface, it's actually pretty true. Even the most hardcore, die-hard NHL fans are sick and tired of the talks between the league and the players union, and no one is even batting an eye at games getting canceled seemingly after every meeting between the two entities. In a way, the NHL has brought this situation where a make believe robot for the NFL on Fox is making jokes at their expense.
Does anyone remember when Fox *did* care about the NHL, though? Fox had the NHL rights for five seasons from 1994 to 1999, and their coverage of the league was largely forgettable... aside from the glowing puck of course.
I agree with everything Matt said above, except for one thing - to me, Fox takes the gold medal, and it's by a landslide. No one even comes close to Fox's ineptitude for sports coverage. Fox needs to stay far, far away from everything relating to sports, period.
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Really who likes the stupid robot? Didn't it actually debut when Fox had NHL games to begin with in the early 90's. Who sits on their couch every Sunday wondering what the dumb robot will do next. If ESPN takes the gold for terrible, horrible sports coverage--Fox finishes close with a admirable silver medal. NO ONE likes the robot but the idiots at Fox and NO ONE enjoys hearing the NFL theme music for every sport. Seriously, if baseball didn't already have an inferiority complex about football they have now when the NFL music trumpets its way through the World Series. STOP IT FOX, STOP IT!
Well, I'm sure the hockey crews at the Fox Sports Net affiliates in Phoenix, Detroit, Miami, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Columbus, Raleigh, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Tampa/St. Pete would have a stronger opinion about a national media account using a lockout as an excuse to shit all over their sport. Again.
@LegendOfVinnyT Really, really damned good point. I love how this wound up being a slap at Fox Affiliates and their jobs. You'd think the robot'd be programmed better than that.
Pretty interesting, considering how much revenue the various Fox regional sports networks derive from NHL rights.