Sunday, September 30, 2007

The U.K. perspective

I don't know exactly what it is, but there's something about this Telegraph piece that's completely hilarious:
London has long been used to imported exhibition games – the gridiron players of the NFL were performing here more than a decade ago – but this weekend was different. These were the NHL's opening regular-season games featuring the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Ducks, and their deadly Southern Californian local rivals. Chelsea v Arsenal, if you will. On ice. And with levels of violence that make Didier Drogba look like a nun.
Unintentional comedy, I suppose.


At 12:23 a.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Lowetide said...

"deadly SC local rivals?" Are they playing with knives this season?

At 12:51 a.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total disaster but Bettman will do his spin.

There will never be NHL in Europe but keep trying, stupid.

At 12:59 a.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Ebscer said...

total disaster? London very well beat out phoenix in number of sellouts this year...

the plan isn't to actually put teams in europe, but to attract europeans to the nhl instead of the swiss and check leagues...

At 2:09 a.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

Chelsea v Arsenal, if you will.

Hard to argue with that.

At 11:05 a.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger sager said...

At least they realized there's offsides in hockey...

At 12:24 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And with levels of violence that make Didier Drogba look like a nun.

I don't know about that. My dad has told me stories about the Lithuanian nuns in his grade school that can give a person nightmares! :)

At 12:26 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Danny Pugsley said...

A fair article, although clearly overplayed the comparison with Chelsea v Arsenal in trying to describe the Kings-Ducks rivalry.

I was at the games his weekend and thought they were very watchable contests with some decent passages of play, although I couldn't quite get away from the fact they had an exhibition feel for them. Convenient how the series was split as well.

Thinking back over the weekend and looking around at the type of people who attended the games, I don't think for one second there were any new fans made out of this exercise. The games were sold out months ago so only anyone with a knowledge of the NHL already would have been able to get tickets so there was no way any intrigued potential new supporters would be at the games.

If the NHL were serious about developing the game and brand, they missed a trick in not taking it out further - perhaps staging open practices and heavily publicising these.

But, reflecting on the weekend I feel developing the game to a bigger audience was way down on the list of priorities.


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