ESPN Exec Doesn’t See Much of an Outcry for More Hockey Talk
May 3, 2012 24 Comments
From an interview with Vince Doria, SVP and Director of News at ESPN, with Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report:
It’s a sport that engenders a very passionate local following. If you’re a Blackhawks fan in Chicago, you’re a hardcore fan. But it doesn’t translate to television, and where it really doesn’t transfer much to is a national discussion, which is something that typifies what we do.
Baseball fans are interested where Albert Pujols is going. NBA fans are interested in the Miami Heat. For whatever reason, and this is my unsubstantiated research on it, hockey doesn’t generate that same kind of interest nationwide. You look at national talk shows. Hockey rarely is a topic. People in Boston aren’t that interested with what’s going on with the Blackhawks.
We’ll be out at the Stanley Cup. If you watch our show, we do highlights and report scores.
But if you go to our radio and television shows, there’s not a lot of hockey talk. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of yammer out there to give us hockey talk.