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#41 IceThief

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:38 PM

[Still, if they can't rig it for the Americans to win, it's not worth it - it gets zero press and interrupts the season for no reason - no one cares about Finland and Russia in the US.]

If that's the reason that the NHL went into Olympic competition, with the idea that the gold medal winner would have to be a North American team (Canada or the United States), then they've just had their hearts broken and ice crystals kicked in their face. As for a Finland/Russia game not being cared about in the United States, so what? Americans don't care about anything but gold medals anyway. Anything less, even silver, is regarded as a complete, utter failure. No one cares about pros in the Olympics right now, because Teams USA and Canada both fell on their collective faces. No one cares about losers.

[A nice post Ice Thief. I'll give you another reason why the Olympics aren't doing well anymore here. Because too many people would rather watch silly shows like Dancing with Skates or whatever the hell it's called and American Idol.]

Indeed.

The programming of choice in the US right now is Dancing With The Stars, Skating With The Stars, American Idol, and any other idiotic piece of programming that comes down the pike. Hell, even Swimming With The Mermaids would be a HUGE HIT. :hah:

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Edited by IceThief, 02 March 2006 - 01:59 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:42 PM

I'm late to the party but the owners wouldn't want the players in the olympics because:

1) They are risking millions of dollars in investments in their players

2) It diminishes how big the playoffs are because you have this huge event in the olympics so close to it.

So the owners get no financial benefit from this because the league still ends up with just hardcore fans watching, as usual, and the owners now how to deal with this crappy schedule and players who are hurt and possibly lower attendace resulting from stars missing games, or missing playoff rounds due to losing a key player is also a possibility in the future. No owner wants those things for this intangible "marketing" which I can't see having done anything for the league ever.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:51 PM

I'm late to the party but the owners wouldn't want the players in the olympics because:

1) They are risking millions of dollars in investments in their players

2) It diminishes how big the playoffs are because you have this huge event in the olympics so close to it.

So the owners get no financial benefit from this because the league still ends up with just hardcore fans watching, as usual, and the owners now how to deal with this crappy schedule and players who are hurt and possibly lower attendace resulting from stars missing games, or missing playoff rounds due to losing a key player is also a possibility in the future. No owner wants those things for this intangible "marketing" which I can't see having done anything for the league ever.


The NHL marketing is pretty straightforward. Get people to watch the pros so they can be dazzled by their moves and abilities. Lord knows that ESPN and other sports outlets don't spend any time on the NHL, so the Olympics is a great stage to get free publicity for the league. I mean, they get people to watch downhill skiing and curling just because it's for a gold medal - try putting that crap on any other time in the next 4 years and we'll see how NBC's ratings do. On the other hand, NHL hockey is right there in most metropolitan cities.

It's not a bad plan. Problem is, people just aren't that interested - the US has no natural enemy in hockey anymore. And the same thing applies to hockey as it does to curling and downhill skiing - people who pick it up during the Olympics won't watch it for another 4 years.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 12:22 AM

well it depends on the sport. Curling, no. But downhill skiing can find a niche because it's exciting, it's fast, it's dangerous as hell, and it's pretty. Who though fat people sitting at a table playing cards would work? How many "world series" of poker do they have to show? doesn't it lose some prestige?
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