I recently posted a blog about the all star game and I wrote the following paragraph:
"The All Star game is meant to show case the NHL's best, even if they weren't named to the first team most will still be there but when they play a meaningless game in an uninspired way it doesn't showcase anything to an American Audience that is, in all honesty, already uncaring."
I was told I was trashing americans and that I was comparable to a racist for that. I'll let you decide. But since the worms are out of the can here is my take. It is simply that although there are some caring American fans the vast majority of that country could care less about hockey. It seems obvious and plain and I am not condemning them for it or judging, it is just a fact.
NHL used to be broadcast nationaly in the United States, ESPN, NBC, ABC, FOX... all carried at one time or another hockey. They all dropped it eventually due to low ratings, I've heard that Gary Bettman is the reason for this. First of all he didn't make millions of people not watch hockey, he simply would not PAY ESPN to run games. NBC still carries games that are broadcast mainly in the afternoon and do a terrific job in my opinion however what does that tell you? That they believe the NHL can compete against the nothing it running against, it certainly is not in prime time.
I was just in the United States (and had a terrific time by the way), during my stop in Seattle I decided i'd stop by the magazine shop and buy a hockey news. I found a sports illustrated with a hockey section in it but that's it, I found 4 gun magazines, a football, basketball, soldier, boating and tennis magazine but no hockey news... if you don't belive me take a trip! The reason they don't sell that magazine there? It wouldn't sell.
So while I know everyone who reads this is an American hockey fan just due to the site you are on when you step out of your homes, go to your jobs and talk around the water cooler in say... Kansas City... are they talking about the all star game and who got voted? Or are they talking about the Cheifs? or Royals? maybe that's not fair because there is no NHL team, lets take Pittsburg, are they talking about Big Ben's concussion and the steelers or the penguins losing streak and apparent locker room mutiny? Ney York, the giants,or yankees? Or maybe the rangers? Maybe?
If you want your answer go to ESPN and see where the NHL ranks on it's links or turn on your TV and watch the local sports, the vast majority don't care. Again this isn't being critical, I think all of you hockey fans down south of us are awesome and do everything we do and care as much as we do. I was just stating fact, you can go ahead and say we don't care about baseball I won't take it personally.