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In This Corner: Potential NBA lockout will really help the NHL

5 October 2011 By Jesse Jones, Contributing Writer One Comment

The National Hockey League will be the lone winner from the NBA lockout this year.

We all know the NBA will lose out on billions of dollars if they do not have a season, but how will this benefit the NHL?

Without the option to watch Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, people will automatically try to find another rivalry.  Once football is over, there will not be another top professional sports league that’s in season besides the NHL.  And what better way to capitalize on this than having one of the best player rivalries in all of sports: Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

This rivalry can easily be compared to the Kobe and LeBron rivalry.  Ovechkin and Crosby are the top two players in the NHL, while Kobe and LeBron are the top two players in the NBA.  The Washington Capitals, Ovechkin’s team, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby’s team, are always in contention to win the Stanley Cup, while the Lakers and the Heat are in contention to win the NBA Finals.

It won’t stop at just watching a rivalry.  Sports fans will want to watch something every night besides college basketball.  What better option than the NHL?

Those that do not watch much hockey or have never watched at all do not realize how physical and fast-paced the game really is.  Unlike in the NBA, where there are blowout games every night, games played in the NHL are generally close, decided by two or less goals.  Blowouts are hard to come by, as the leading team for goals per game in the NHL last season, the Vancouver Canucks, averaged 3.15 goals a game.

Besides the weekly Sunday game that is nationally televised on NBC, the NHL also has the Winter Classic.

Last season, the Winter Classic was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh between the Capitals and the Penguins.

This year’s classic will be held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Expect the number of viewers to rise this year if there is no NBA season.

It was not long ago that the NHL lost a complete season because of a lockout.  Now the league has a chance to move up in the rankings of top professional sports in the United States and claim the limelight of winter sports.

I’m not saying the NHL is better than the NBA. But if the NHL plays its cards right and the NBA fails to have a season, hop on the bandwagon and prepare for a great season of hockey.


One Comment »

  • Peter M. Arel said:

    I urge all sports fans to BOYCOTT the NBA WHETHER OR NOT an agreement is reached and especially if it is NOT reached by both sides by Dec. 31,2011. Let the players who are currently overseas STAY where they are. If the NBA were to fold tomorrow, I wouldn’t be the least bit sorry.

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