ESPN’s Darren Rovell says you are to blame for the NHL lockout

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To be fair, Darren Rovell knows as much about hockey as Abby Lee Miller.

But we don't want to be fair. Not after Rovell wrote this hilariously bad, sadly misinformed, kill-yourself-inducing column blaming the NHL's "hardcore" fans for the lockout:

It's no secret that hockey is a niche sport in America. Always has been, always will be.

Only 8.8 percent of Americans who are at least 12 years old call themselves avid hockey fans, according to an ESPN Sports Poll. That's compared to the 34.3 percent of Americans in that age bracket who call themselves NFL fans.

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But those fans who are die-hard are seemingly more attached to the game than hard-core fans in other sports, and people who consider themselves casual fans seem more likely to show up to a baseball game or a basketball game than get behind the boards.

Breakdown of the new worst column of 2012 after the jump…

To show you how bad this column is, the followings words exist in it:

In a Twitter poll I took, 76.5 percent of people who called themselves hockey fans said a season off wouldn't affect their interest. As for those who answered they'd walk away, I'm sure most of them wouldn't.

Twitter? Really. This is like submitting your senior thesis citing Wikipedia.

Let's go back to that first section, though:

Only 8.8 percent of Americans who are at least 12 years old call themselves avid hockey fans, according to an ESPN Sports Poll. That's compared to the 34.3 percent of Americans in that age bracket who call themselves NFL fans.

First thing to set off our bullshit indicator: "an ESPN sports poll."  Guess what — NHL fans gave up on ESPN a long time ago.  ESPN is in sports coverage for the money now, not for actual sports coverage.  If the sport doesn't broadcast games on their network, they couldn't care less about it.   For instance, fantasy sports are HUUUUGE.  ESPN has freaking commercials for their NFL fantasy football involving some guy who looks like Zach Galfanikikiasis.  No commercials for fantasy hockey.  Wonder why.  Of course we know it's a vicious cycle: NFL fans bring money to ESPN, and ESPN cycles it back out.  But it's just one of many instances showing that ESPN doesn't cater to NHL fans, and NHL fans go to good hockey sites like TSN for coverage.  Point of the matter is not many actual hockey fans participated in the "sports poll."

Moving on…

8.8% of Americans? Does ESPN have access to some hidden census? Somehow Rovell was able to conduct a poll of all 311,591,917 people in the US, and *gasp* that would mean…

only 27,420,088 million people like hockey.

Rovell wasn't able to (or didn't want to) poll Canadians, where probably 96% of the people watch and follow hockey.

He did have an interesting point here:

And remember, they're still getting $200 million from NBC not to play. That's because union executive director Donald Fehr and his cohorts somehow haven't run to the courts to get an injunction against the owners taking that money despite the league not playing. Hint: The NFL union successfully got the league's money put aside.

But that was derailed by this trolling comment:

But the owners aren't doing this because they know the players will fold. They're doing it because they know the fans won't leave them.

What a dick.

If there was a list of reasons for a lockout, "doing it because they know fans won't leave" would be number 4 billion on that list. To his defense, Rovell probably didn't mean it like that, but he probably didn't mean to overuse that gel in his shitty hair, either.

We said it in a post recently — we don't take any sort of huge offense to the owners and players not seeing eye-to-eye on a CBA.  We're upset that there's going to be a lockout, sure, but we don't feel betrayed or whatever else people want to feel in a situation like this.  Hockey is a source of entertainment.  When hockey returns, we will be right there waiting, because it's the most entertaining and exciting sport in the business.  Have fun with your 11 minutes of gameplay in the NFL.

 

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