Where Was The NHL?


We can't let this outdoor-screen situation slowly fade away.
The feeling around the internet, from what we've seen,
is that Pens fans, non-Pens fans, and even Pens HATERS are jacked.
We could pretend that we know the dynamics
surrounding the NHL's broadcasting rights, but we have no clue.
While we've directed some angst toward NBC (and we will again),
it's time to look at the NHL's role in this.
Did they even stand up for the Pens and their fans?
Is Bettman that big of a yes-man to the networks?
It all boils down to the cash, unfortunately.
You have the smallest and most passionate fans
of the four major sports in the United States.
The NHL has worked hard to exhibit this fact.
Pittsburgh and Buffalo are consistently two of the top
hockey markets in the U.S., when it comes to TV ratings.
The outdoor screen averages roughly 2,000-4,000 fans.
All NBC sees in that 2,000-4,000 is ad revenue.
Are you seriously losing that much in the Nielsen rating?
Why doesn't the NHL bring that fact to the table?
We could be dicks and direct people to online streams
for Sunday's game and to NOT TURN ON on your television.
But those streams are secret havens for financially strapped fans
to see games outside of the market.
If the NHL and NBC knew where these havens were,
their cheapskate big wigs would go and try to shut them down.
This turned into a rant.
Because this whole thing is a joke.
It seems that the decision on the outdoor screen
is set in stone for Sunday's game.
But hopefully, this isn't the last time
we get to voice our displeasure with NBC and the NHL.