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The number of overtime games in the NHL playoffs, the bitter rivalries (Pens-Flyers was a war), and the quality of the broadcasts on NBC Universal properties (great announcers and production) has given the NHL a real shot in the arm. I could not be happier about it. Great sport.
"The NBA's raw numbers are still crushing the NHL's, but you can attribute that to distribution as opposed to game quality." No, you can attribute that to what continues to be the NHL's Achilles heel, and the reason for that distribution gap in the first place: the sizable portion of the country for which hockey might as well not exist. We're still a few years, at least, away from NHL games on NBC achieving parity with NBA games on ABC.
That said, I wonder, will we get another "NHL Hot NBA Not" SI cover within the next year or two? :)
looks like you Hockey Fans jumped the gun in a bit hahaha
The NHL is a joke
If you really knew how big the NBA was around the world, you wouldnt keep bringing the NBA in your comparisons with a niche sport like the NHL
NHL and MLB are quite frankly dying... they need to worry about the MLS catching up on their heels
The NBA has already won the war aganist both the MLB and NHL