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Posted Tuesday February 21, 2012, About: Most Sport fans: Why we have no interest in hockey 1 of 4
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Posted Tuesday February 21, 2012, About: Most Sport fans: Why we have no interest in hockey 1 of 4
Then there is Soccer, Soccer in spite of what hockey fans tell themselves is taking over - I would not be surprised to see it become in the next decade or so the number 2 sport in america - especially if the USA eventually goes far into a WorldCup competition over thisperiod. Soccer is gearing up to supplant hockey as america's number 3 sport in the near future. The popularity gap between hockey and soccer is apparently closer than between hockey and basketball and all the odds are in soccer's favor. The new NBC sportschannel have hedged their bet on hockey with the MLS and the great surprise will be that this relationship will see Soccer grow much faster and reach much further into america's psyche than hockey as a result of these deals - 2012 will be very interesting as a result, you heard it here first. Lastly, unlike soccer and basketball there is very little growth potential for hockey outside of teh areas it already exists. As the world shrinks, sports without global reach and appeal will naturally lose attention and hockey falls squarely into that category. the NHL and hockey fans - you are beating a dying horse here - not to say hockey will die - it will not, but its ability to hold onto its current place in our sports is under unrelenting and ultimately irresistable threat. We americans are increasingly behaving like global citizens and parochial activities are less and less interesting to us, sorry it is what it is - but that is why most of us as I said before, have little or no interest in your hockey.
Posted Tuesday February 21, 2012, About: Most Sport fans: Why we have no interest in hockey 1 of 4
In Canada Hockey is king - their best athletes are likely to play it and the nation identifies with it. No wonder the majority of NHL players are Canadian. Its not so in the USA or the rest of the world (with a few exceptions like maybe Latvia and Sweden). In the USA the best athletes do not play hockey - they play Baseball, Basketball and Football which means that hockey players in the USA are culled from second-string athletes that usually did not or could not make it in the big three sports but whose parents were wealthy enough to have them do an alternate sport with a lower entry athletic thresh-hold. So parents who could afford it bundled up little Timmy, bought skating lessons and gear and gave him a chance to be a sports jock too. Timmy may not have been naturally skilled enough, tall enough, quick enough, strong enough, big enough or athletic enough to play baseball, football or basketball but by golly he's gonna get his chance to be a kinda jock too. Americans understand that that's generally the background of hockey players in this country and quasi-jocks do not cut it with most of us. Hockey also has an obvious demographic problem - it simply does not look like modern america and to complicate that fact it seems to attract people with the kind of throwback mentality that most americans are happy to have done with. This isn't necessarily hockey's fault but a consequence of its visuals; compared to popular american sports where people watch to enjoy or deride the skills of the players, hockey (like Nascar) seem to have many fans who watch it not just as a sport but as an act of ethnic or racial solidarity. In wider america that's not a real reason to follow a sport and they tune it out along with the voices of hockey fans and writers who make thinly veiled appeals to them on that basis. Speaking of writers, you can fairly easily distinguish those who have a pure love for the sport and those whose stance is based on racial/ethnic solidarity. The later group includes the PuckDaddy guy and Dater, while the former would have people like Bucci (I can't spell these names well but you know hockey people know who I''m referring to); the rule of thumb is the level of anti-NBA obsession and vitriol they spew. In common with the more obviously bigoted hockey fans their anti-NBA screeds appear to be substitutes for expressions of racial animus.

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