Philadelphia Columnist Wants Hockey Off National TV, Likely Hated by His Parents as a Child

Hey, guess what?  Mainstream columnists bashing hockey’s relevance in the marketplace are back!  Yay!

Today, our contestant is this idiot with the nerve to call himself Gonzo, from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

 

Well, hey, good luck with that, Bill. Because my first reaction to the news that NBC might bail on the NHL was “hooray.” It made me dream of a world where no one suffers through national hockey games because they will have disappeared from our televisions.

To be clear, I have no beef with the Flyers. Catching the local guys on Comcast SportsNet is fine by me. But I’d rather watch an Arena League Football game – if the AFL were still operating, that is – than settle down for three periods of out-of-town hockey. And I don’t think I’m alone.

Would you be that broken up about not getting the next Calgary-Columbus clash? Would you head out to the bar or buy the NHL package to catch Colorado vs. Washington?

Not long ago, there was a rumor about the NHL putting another team in Toronto. While the hard-core puck heads up in Ottawa no doubt debated the plan, it seemed like hardly anyone south of the border noticed. The NHL could move every team in the league (save the Flyers) to Toronto and it’s doubtful anyone around here would blink. I’m betting the same goes for other American cities, too.

 

Pure idiocy.  Does this guy know that the Flyers were the top dog in Philly (save for the Eagles) until the Phils return to relevance?  This isn’t Boston, where hockey’s a solid fourth but has the sport ingrained in it’s culture, or New York, where the game doesn’t go beyond the diehards.  This is Philadelphia, where people took shifts defending the Rocky statue from Penguins fans during the Eastern Conference Finals.  This is an insult to Philly’s large amout of hockey fans, larger than it’s contingent of 76ers fans in your glorious NBA.

He does make one good point, however:

But that’s hockey’s plight these days. It’s become a niche sport, a regionalized pastime with devoted fans who love the home team but not necessarily the international product. It’s partly why hockey’s American television ratings consistently rank last among the four major pro sports.

Hockey fans do refuse to watch anyone but their own home team, save for the Winter Classic and large-market Stanley Cup Finals.  This is the real problem that Gary Bettman needs to figure out.  How to get fans in markets to watch two teams that don’t really affect them.  Who in New York is tuning in for Hawks-Wings?  Will the Boston fan watch Pens-Caps?  Will anyone west of Minneapolis watch anything the league does.

Regardless of this point, Mr. “Gonzo” is still a douche.  Here’s his attempt to cap things off:

According to the aforementioned Toronto Sun story, the league makes approximately $10 million per season in its revenue-sharing arrangement with NBC. In sports, $10 mil is nothing. It’s the cash Pacman Jones takes to the strip club when he wants to make it rain. Which gives me an idea.

With a little effort, we could raise $10 mil ourselves, then pay the NHL to give up on NBC (and any other network that might consider coming to the rescue), keep the game provincial, and stay away from national television.

Think about it, then send your donations to The Inquirer. We’ll handle everything.

I say we here at Puck the Media raise enough money to get this jerkass fired.  At least send a few E-Mails to his editor.  But we won’t, because our medium isn’t dying and we don’t need to say such sensationalistic things just to get people to read.  Idiot.

 

7 Responses to Philadelphia Columnist Wants Hockey Off National TV, Likely Hated by His Parents as a Child

  1. Leafsfan1967 says:

    This writer does relfect one thing which is sad but true. In Philly once the Flyers stop playing you have to use a microscope to find hockey coverage in the local media this is sad.

    The other issue here is that until the NHL can get more of their product on main stream TV AND use quality production values like what the CBC in Canada does hockey will have an uphill struggle.

    Bottom line though is what this guy wrote is sadly representative of what all too many people think.

  2. I saw this earlier. What a dick.

    Yeah, those tiny-market sharks and bruins didn’t turn out a big national audience or anything. And who would ever have watched Devils-Sharks? I’m basically a junkie at this point, so nobody listens to me, but I mean come on:

    It’s the best sport, and HD makes it so much better.

    People will watch games that they anticipate being good or interesting to them. In most cases, and this is true across all sports, that is the home team. But sometimes there’s a can’t-miss game, and I think NHL on NBC is basically screwing it up as much as possible by going for the rangers game instead of the best possible game.

    Of course it won’t be popular on national tv if they don’t show it on national tv. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that, though it is obviously above the level of your average mediocre Philadelphian sportswriter.

  3. Leafsfan1967 says:

    >Of course it won’t be popular on national tv if they don’t show it on national tv. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that, though it is obviously above the level of your average mediocre Philadelphian sportswriter.
    —————————————

    Here! Here!

  4. Northwood says:

    Puck the Media said”Hockey fans do refuse to watch anyone but their own home team, save for the Winter Classic and large-market Stanley Cup Finals. This is the real problem that Gary Bettman needs to figure out.”
    Fantasy Hockey could be the answer. The NHL should put up a major fantasy hockey promotion. What else can get a fan to poor over the stats and watch a game that is not their home team?

  5. Good luck with “Gonzo’s” editor. It’s Jim Cohen. He’s the same guy who ran esteemed Flyers beat writer Tim Panaccio out of town, so to speak, by banishing him to the Eagles beat, claiming that hockey was “irrelevant”.

    Cohen is clearly abusing his position as sports editor to push his own bias against hockey, journalistic ethics and the Inquirer’s integrity be damned. Gonzalez is just a yes-man.

  6. Chris Wassel says:

    Cohen is a tool…always has been…always will!

    Tim P was a guy I would read. Phillyhockey is basically just becoming less and less relevant….so I guess its up to the bloggers to pick up the hockey slack.

  7. Greg says:

    I love how he groups bad matchups together and says no one would want to watch that. I could do the same for every sport.

    Baseball – who would want to watch a pirates/nationals broadcast
    Basketball- who would want to watch a memphis/clippers game.
    Football- who would want to watch a raiders/lions game

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