NHL: When Opportunity Knocks, Will the League Answer?

December 5th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
ESPN recently reported that the NFL Players Association suggested that their players should start saving money, because the supposed lockout next season is almost a sure thing.

Reports also show that the NBA will most likely be in a lockout as well for the 2011-12 season. If these two events hold true, then the NHL will be the only of the major professional sports in the continent from November to April, since baseball's World Series usually ends in the first week of November.

If we assume that this is really going to happen, this opens up a huge door of opportunity for the little sister league, the NHL. Having always been the least profitable and least popular of the four leagues (and even trailing sports like NASCAR and soccer at some points in their history), the NHL has struggled to remain relevant.

Though they have experienced significant growth since the lockout, both financially and in popularity, the TV ratings are still low and they can't hold a candle to the NBA, MLB and NFL. In fact, the NFL's annual $3.085 billion television contract in 2010 was more money than the NHL's total revenue of $2.7 billion in the same year. But with two of ...

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