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Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

Posted on: May 7, 2008 9:04 am

Gentlemen, I was listening to your program as I usually do on Monday morning, and you were talking about the NHL playoffs. After I cleaned up the coffee I spit all over my dashboard, I listened to what you said. You (specifically, Golic) said that the NHL needs Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup playoffs more than they would have needed New York, because the NHL needs a "face" to market their product. You then said that "this sport is dying" and "this sport is in trouble". Greeny did not say much because he was too busy thinking about that 5K he ran over the weekend.

I have a few issues with what you said. First, while I commend you for actually including hockey in your football-lovefest that is your radio show, maybe if you actually took the time to talk about it more, you would have some credibility when discussing the state of hockey. I find it laughable that you say "this sport is in trouble" when attendance, tv ratings and revenue are up pretty much across the board. I don't really care what you have to say about hockey since you NEVER TALK ABOUT IT. Perhaps part of the reason that hockey "is in trouble" is because your very own network refuses to give it even 5 minutes of airtime in it's 4 hour marathon Sportscenter shows. Game 2 of an NBA basketball game ends, and we get 2 hours of coverage. But Game 6 ends in a 4 OT thriller, and we get a casual mention of it. Plus, when you have Barry Melrose as your "face" of hockey on your network, we all know you don't take hockey seriously. Please, for the sake of hockey fans everywhere, either learn something about the sport so you can talk about it intelligently, or don't mention it at all. If I want true NHL coverage and analysis, I'll stick with TSN.CA and the NHL Network. Just continue to talk about what you know best: football, baseball, a tiny bit of basketball, and Roger Clemens.

A True Hockey Fan

Category: NHL
Tags: ESPN, Mike & Mike, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, TSN

Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2008 7:59 pm

Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

I have given up on ESPN except for the NFL, although even that is starting to wane with the NFL network.

With hockey launching its own network and their expanded website not to mention all of the user blogs and Canadien newspapers to get, I don't need them anymore.  No more patiently waiting for some minimal exposure.

As far M&M, they cater to things that don't interest me and I am liberated from their content and "takes" on what they "think" is popular.

BTW...Are they still on?

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2008 8:46 am

Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

I tend to see more soccer highlights than I do hockey on espn, but then again I don't watch ESPN very often for the simple fact the know absolutely nothing about hockey. I completely agree with your blog.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2008 8:39 am

Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

wingnut, the lockout effectively destroyed any exposure or love hockey got from ESPN. In terms of the lockout, I blame not only Bettman and the owners, but also the players to some degree. If you remember, the main sticking point was a salary cap, which the NHLPA did not want (specifically, Goodenow). However, what is in place now? If the players had of accepted the cap and forced the owners to make concessions on other things, they might have avoided an entire season of no hockey. My rant here was to Mike & Mike specifically, since a lot of people listen to them in the morning, and they are on the "Worldwide Leader of Sports". The problem is that ESPN does not give enough airtime (IMO) to one of the 4 major professional sports leagues in this country. How they can ignore this sport that is literally watched by millions of people every year in this country is baffling to me. But, yes, Bettman and the NHL are partially to blame here.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 2:06 pm

Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

Although I do agree with the statements you've made in this blog I do have a question. Would ESPN's pathetic hockey coverage be the fault of ESPN, or could we focus some the blame on Bettman. I don't want this to sound like I'm defending anyone, or trying to throw Bettman under the bus, but it certainly seems as though this could be mostly his doing (if even inadvertantly). ESPN dropped their coverage of hockey during the lockout. Though I find this intriguing since baseball can suffer through 2 lockouts and still not suffer any consequences for doing so.

I don't want this to sound like I am sloely blaming Bettman for the lockout, but he certainly could have done more to repair the relationship with ESPN. As it stands for someone like me living in a non NHL market it is very expensive for me to get the ability to watch hockey. a deal with ESPN would certainly help with that. I find it appalling that the NHL would resort to having their PLAYOFF games on such an obscure station as Versus. My case as an example for me to have the ability to watch the playoff games on Versus, I would have to pay my satelite provider TWICE as much as I currently do, and the only reason why I would even consider doing so is so I can watch NHL Playoffs. It seems like Bettman is doing more to keep hockey down, than he is in trying to build it up.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2008 10:31 am

Dear Mike & Mike - from a hockey fan

Well said Chargers....your blogs are always a great read!

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