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Does the NHL realize what they are doing to their future TV ratings.

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Sitting on my couch and watching the donations pour in for the 12 12 12 concert @ MSG helps show whats really important. It’s a show that is accessible to approximately 2 Billion (yes with a b) people in the world. It also shows how penny wise and pound foolish both sides are being. As college football, and more importantly MLB is showing the real money is in TV rights. The LA Dodgers may sign a 6 Billion dollar 25 year deal. The Nats may pull in around 100 million by some estimates. The real money now is in TV, not so much in ticket sales. Also TV revenue is guaranteed. You know the money is coming and that means you don’t have to dump players just for cost reasons.

The real problem the NHL is it doesn’t have anything close to the other three sports in terms of TV Ratings and the 800 Gorilla in the room (ESPN) doesn’t need to pump up hockey to boost its own ratings. Even if the fans come back (and past history has shown that fans will come back to watch games, hell they sold tons of tixs to a minor league game), that doesn’t get two sides fighting over the NHL TV rights. The average fan, the one who the NHL needs to drive up ratings will stay away. If the NHL and the players had the ability to stop playing a game of gotcha, and built their product, the TV revenue along with other profits would come. But fighting over these amounts is going to stop the NHL from ever getting paydays like the other three (and soon they may even be passed by soccer).

If this FanPost is written by someone other than one of the blog's editors, the opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect those of this blog or SB Nation.

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