Hey Guys, Did You Know That HDTV Will Revolutionize The Way We Watch Hockey?

In what has to be the 10,000th “HDTV will make hockey better on TV” article, Robert Cribb makes us all wonder why having a newspaper job makes you so much more valuable than a blogger by reciting to us the history of the NHL on American TV since 1996.

High-definition television images are luring more American eyeballs to professional hockey and invigorating the NHL’s prospects in the U.S., say leading sports industry experts.

 

“HDTV will have a greater impact on hockey than any other sport,” says Matthew Pace, a lawyer with prominent sports law firm Herrick, Feinstein in New York. “You can follow the puck much easier (on HDTV broadcasts). The action is clearer. I think the television future of the NHL is bright.”

 

The holy grail of professional sports – routine access to 115 million American television households– has long eluded the NHL despite efforts dating back to the infamous glowing puck of the 1990s.

 

While the NHL has built a national U.S. footprint that includes hockey-tepid cities across the sunbelt, major U.S. broadcast deals still haven’t come.

 

And without the billions of dollars in revenues that come with a major TV deal, the league is left to contend with financial basket cases in cities such as Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, which have no cultural connection to hockey.

Well, what a genius this guy must be.  Can you guys believe what a derivative, same old same old column this is?  We’ve all read a billion times that HDTV will make hockey a ton more popular.  Let’s wait until a large majority of the country is in HD to write another dumb article on this.

 

3 Responses to Hey Guys, Did You Know That HDTV Will Revolutionize The Way We Watch Hockey?

  1. Al says:

    SARCASM ALERT: I have 3 words summarizing this article…wash, rinse, repeat.

    I think the U.S. TV ratings have risen the last few years because of players like Ovechkin, Crosby, Kane, etc…and big market-teams contending like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, etc…not the size and clarity of a picture on the TV screen.

  2. Mike in Idaho says:

    While it’s all been said before, I think the article is still true. The NHL is shooting itself in the foot by not solving the no MSG HD on NHL CI problem and it doesn’t seem to be able to do anything to get Versus, be it HD or even SD, back on DirecTV screens.

  3. leafsfan1967 says:

    I agree with the last comment. Why isn’t the NHL more proactive on these two issues?

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