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#1 thegame346

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:59 AM

I love opinions. Even if I don't agree with them I still love hearing them.

Hockey is classified as a niche sport. It's not highly publicized, the market is so-so, and only the most die hard fans usually go to the games. So tell me... what would you do as NHL commissioner to make hockey very popular?
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:02 PM

Definitely put a glowing halo around the puck so that mainstream audiences on TV can follow it.

Honestly though, good topic.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:04 PM

change the NHL game structure from 3 periods to 2 halves with a single intermission.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:09 PM

Definitely put a glowing halo around the puck so that mainstream audiences on TV can follow it.

Honestly though, good topic.


Good point, 90% of the people that tell me they cant watch hockey on TV say its because they cant follow the puck.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:16 PM

Good point, 90% of the people that tell me they cant watch hockey on TV say its because they cant follow the puck.


If you can't follow the puck then you shouldn't watch. There may be a small period where it takes some getting used to for those who don't regularly watch hockey, but it is nothing that difficult. The league needs to ADVERTISE their stars better and cross promote like other sports do. Even something small like getting Alex Ovechkin a cameo in Entourage would be better than what they do now. For the most part casual sports fans probably cannot name the 10 best players in the NHL, but could name the 10 best players in every other sport with ease.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:21 PM

Good point, 90% of the people that tell me they cant watch hockey on TV say its because they cant follow the puck.


It was actually meant as a joke. The league tried this in the late 90s and it was more or less a disaster. They also added "streaks" that would trail the puck on particularly fast shots, and the whole thing looked cartoonish. Core fans were pretty adamant about getting rid of it.

You can see this effect, plus the ridiculous streaks, here:

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:22 PM

It was actually meant as a joke. The league tried this in the late 90s and it was more or less a disaster. They also added "streaks" that would trail the puck on particularly fast shots, and the whole thing looked cartoonish. Core fans were pretty adamant about getting rid of it.


The "FoxTrak" or whatever the hell they called it was HIDEOUS. When the puck was along the wall it looked like it was in the 3rd row of the crowd! And on top of it, the pucks supposedly cost a few hundred bucks a piece!
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:26 PM

I tell non-fans to follow the players, not the puck.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:30 PM

I tell non-fans to follow the players, not the puck.



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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:34 PM

I tell non-fans to follow the players, not the puck.


This. After awhile you learn how to follow the puck through what the on ice players are doing
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:27 PM

HD TV will do a lot to help the visually impaired in following both the puck and the flow of the game. Bigger screens, brighter colors make the game much more exciting. I think Tri's suggestion of two halfs isnt a good idea, the players and the ice are both pretty ragged after 20 minutes. If they were stretched another 10 minutes the play would really slow down.

My question is- Why do so many people think hockey is more violent than NFL football? Don't they actually look at the line of scrimmage and do they look away from every tackle? Beats me.

A sport that rides a single star is going to put itself in the same place that the NBA went when MJ retired, and look at what happened to the PGA when Tiger takes off a single Sunday. NOBODY watches.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:40 PM

I would let one enforcer on each team wield a chainsaw.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:00 PM

I would let one enforcer on each team wield a chainsaw.


LOL!!!! How about just let Leblond do that? ;) However he is only allowed to cut other players hockey sticks when they are on the bench :P
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:07 PM

I'm clearly in the minority with this, but I liked the glowing puck. Then again, as a geeky type, I tend to be impressed by such gadgetry. It was technology before its time, and I remain convinced that had it not come out when it did, the viewing public never would have accepted the computer-generated first-down and scrimmage lines that came out soon after FoxTrax was retired.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:13 PM

I would let one enforcer on each team wield a chainsaw.


Playing too many video games? lol...how about we just teach the players how to carry guns to night clubs?

How about eliminate the Trapezoid (its embarrassing), Shoot-Outs without helmets, Work a better primetime TV package (give it free if necessary), nix the instigator rule, more outdoor games, get with Sony and make hockey the 3D TV leader.

BTW, I love the 2 periods one overtime thing but it would ruin my seat location (by not being in the Devils offensive zone for periods 3 and OT)
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:22 PM

Playing too many video games? lol...how about we just teach the players how to carry guns to night clubs?

Less exciting but that could work too.

How about eliminate the Trapezoid (its embarrassing), Shoot-Outs without helmets, Work a better primetime TV package (give it free if necessary), nix the instigator rule, more outdoor games, get with Sony and make hockey the 3D TV leader.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:25 PM

It was actually meant as a joke. The league tried this in the late 90s and it was more or less a disaster. They also added "streaks" that would trail the puck on particularly fast shots, and the whole thing looked cartoonish. Core fans were pretty adamant about getting rid of it.

You can see this effect, plus the ridiculous streaks, here:


:blush: :argh: OK OK I ADMIT IT...

I was just looking at Stevens the whole time... :urg:
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:32 PM

I'm clearly in the minority with this, but I liked the glowing puck. Then again, as a geeky type, I tend to be impressed by such gadgetry. It was technology before its time, and I remain convinced that had it not come out when it did, the viewing public never would have accepted the computer-generated first-down and scrimmage lines that came out soon after FoxTrax was retired.


I was pretty young when it came out, but I remember liking the glow puck. I wonder with newer technology what a more modern glow puck would look like. It could be more subtle, maybe only highlighting the puck slightly and leaving quick streaks on hard shots. Might be cool... Plus seeing the speed of shots is interesting.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:33 PM

I'm clearly in the minority with this, but I liked the glowing puck. Then again, as a geeky type, I tend to be impressed by such gadgetry. It was technology before its time, and I remain convinced that had it not come out when it did, the viewing public never would have accepted the computer-generated first-down and scrimmage lines that came out soon after FoxTrax was retired.


The glow puck really was a precursor to a lot of the info graphics we get today. The popups on Nascar races are another example. It really was great technology, just not the right use of it.

The problem with hockey is it's not really ingrained in the culture. There are not any teams with national/international fanbases like the Red Sox, Yankees, Cowboys, Steelers, Bulls, Lakers, etc.

Say what you want about the Penguin/Crosbys and the Capital/Ovechkins, but what those teams have done over the past 5 years has WORKED to bring in new fans and get the cities excited about hockey.

Part of the problem, on one side, is that hockey people have an inferiority complex and want to maintain their status as an "elite" club. If you're not a hardcore fan you're nothing. On the other side, it's stupid to change the game to attract casual fans. Casual fans are not interested in the technical side of the game (at least at first). Casual fans are there for the EMOTION and DRAMA, which is why it's important to develop superstars, heroes, villains, rivalries, "evil empires", etc. If you make that happen, the "I can't follow the puck" complaints will disappear.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:38 PM

It's all about pumping more money into marketing. You can make anything popular with enough $$$. fvck, do you hear some of the sh!t on the radio? The sport itself doesn't need to be changed.
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