NFL Lockout to Boost NHL, Penguins: An Interview with Forbes’ Mike Colligan

July 8th, 2011 by James Conley Leave a reply »
Six championships. The Rooney Family. The teams of the 1970s.

Pittsburgh is a football town.

This fall, the NFL lockout may do its part to help unravel that hard-earned distinction.

"The loss of an NFL season would obviously create a void as sports fans look for somewhere else to spend their entertainment dollar," said Mike Colligan, NHL Analyst at Forbes SportsMoney.

"I think the revenue boost would be temporary, but it could certainly allow the hockey to get back onto the national radar."

A lockout which shows no signs of slowing down has already kept teams and players from engaging in early-summer workout programs.’s Mike Florio predicted that early parts of the regular season would be lost if the lockout isn't lifted soon.

The NFL lockout isn't the only work stoppage threatening to leave a void in sports programming this fall.

The NBA seems to be on the fast-track to a lockout of its own, as owners seek the type of hard cap NHL owners fought for in 2005. Some teams, namely the LA Lakers, have payrolls nearly doubling the standing proposed "hard cap" of $45 million.
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