Friday, May 30, 2008

My NHL? Hockey Fans Less Loyal?

1) When we say 'less loyal' we don't mean less loyal to their particular team but to their purposed favourite sport, ice hockey. Why do we say this? From reading various other hockey blogs/published article, as well as the playoff TV ratings it occurred to us that a majority of fans curtail significantly, or even stop paying attention to the NHL playoffs once their teams' season is completed. Either in the playoffs or after game 82.

2) No where is this more apparent/surprising than in The Hockey Capital of the World' (Canada). Certainly here we would expect that folks would watch every possible playoff game regardless of whom was playing, right? Apparently not. Ratings compared to last year (when Ottawa was in the Finals) are down in the Great White North. In fact overall more hockey fans in the US watched the last Pitt-Wings game than in Canada. Now we can understand that the US has 10X more population than Canada, but if the NHL can't garner better ratings in The Hockey Homeland,(Canada) how can it expect to get much higher ratings in the US where there are large areas that never see ice/snow year round?

3) Non scientific evidence from reading some of the more popular Canadian based hockey blogs seems to indicate that hockey fans up there are not much different than their US counterparts. Once their team is eliminated they essentially lose interest in hockey outside of discussing 'next season' with regards to their team. They may have some passive interest in the playoffs, but nothing like other sports. Compare this pattern to what is seen with regards to MLB, The NBA and especially the NFL. Here in the U.S. most baseball and basketball fans will tune into their sports playoffs/pay attention. The NFL ofcourse is the biggest example of fan loyalty. They attract probably all its fan base for their playoffs regardless of one's teams participation, and their 'Super bowl' gets non fans in droves.

4) We could understand this 'apathy' for NHL playoff hockey here in the states where hockey interest is so regionalized, but find it curious that this situation is so pervasive up in Canada as well where one would think folks are hockey fans first, and partisans of their team second. The NHL, who probably take their Canadian fans for granted, better sit up and take notice!


HockeyNutz said...
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The Dark Ranger said...

I am he perfect example of shutdown once we're shutdown. I haven't posted for weeks - yes, I am watching the series, but if you look at 3-4 random Rangers sites and there has been almost no posting and traffic since. The only reason I am now watching is to see Detroit kick the pants off of Malkin, SID the Diver and expose Fleury as just an average goaltender.


BrokeBackGuy said...

I am surprised with the lack of Canadian interest in the finals. This can be seen by walking into any bar on game day and seeing how empty it is compared with last season.

I would understand it if the two teams were not interesting, but this had the potential of being some great hockey and should have grabbed the attention of Canadian fans.


1) TDR: Your blog is like so many others we see. Once your team is eliminated interst dries up in subsequent series.
2) The question we have is why is this? It doesn't seem to happen near as frequently as in the NBA, MLB and definitly nothing like football. Are the games themselves not interesting enough OR are there far too many things to do this time of year that take precedence?
3)Brokeback(Hockeynutz) Feel free to continue to post here as long as it stays on point. However, as we did of your posts 2 days ago, once you stray and go back into your homo nonsense they will be quickly deleted.

brokebackguy said...

Just for your information I'm not hockeynutz (although you could say I know him well)

I have asked around and a lot of my friends don't care who wins the cup. I guess I don't either. My team hasn't won since I've been born.


1) Brokeback: We had already asssumed you're very 'close' with Mr. Nutz as you both possess the same IP address. LOL

brokebackguy said...

I don't even know what a ip adress is?
I did find a great web site for people like me and my buddy.


Whats going on with some of these people Faux? Weirdos!
I stay tuned to other series when my team doesn't win if I find a compelling story line. I think a big difference between football and hockey is that when football season ends for your team its late fall or winter and what else can you do on a weekend but watch TV? In the spring and summer there are so many other things I can think of doing. I don't think it makes me less of a fan.

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