How bad would the NHL hurt if Crosby decided to retire tommorrow

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  1. Melrose Munch

    Melrose Munch Registered User

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    Well, much would affect the bottom line.
     
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    I actually feel that the NHL would do just fine. There is such a great young talent pool now, all the NHL would need to do is market it.
     
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    NHL, not so much. Penguins - it would hurt. Hockey Canada - ouch.
     
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    The NHL is always gunna be 4th best, just deal with it. So it's never going to rise but I guess it has room to fall, though i'm not sure if there is enough interest in the MLS anyway for it to pass.

    Would the game itself hurt? I don't buy that one guy is bigger than the game itself. The league is very competitive now. Ovechkin would still be around, I think the NHL would be fine.
     
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    The NHL would just find a new poster boy.
     
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    Obechkin. Personally I think you could argue he is right now already as well...
     
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    Or it could decide to market several more players at once to make up for Crosby.
     
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    i dont think that much, crosby is big among hockey fans but does not have the crossover factor to casual sports fans like gretzky did, or tiger woods did with golf. its not like the nhl got the big us tv contract they wanted because crosby was in the picture. it sure would be a shame but i dont think it would make a huge difference to where the nhl is at in the big picture of north american sports.
     
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    Yeah, there's noone else any good on team Canada :speechles

    Penguins wouldn't be doing so well, but then again they've got smart management, maybe they'd make some pretty shrewd decisions(he didn't play since January, the team did pretty well). As far as the NHL goes, I don't think too much would change. There's been a lot of exceptional players that don't play anymore. Some had to retire early than others(Bobby Orr, Forsberg ....)
     
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    Penguins road attendance went from 16,656 (2003-04) to 17,125 when Crosby joined the team in 2005-06. They ranked 2nd behind the Wings last year at 17,986. Of course they had a lousy team pre-Crosby, but I think it's safe to say not as many tickets will be sold at Pens road games without Sid. It's also likely that not as many people will watch nationally broadcast games featuring the Pens if they didn't have Crosby. Will it cause a significant drop in revenues? I don't think so. There's always a new star to market. They haven't scratched the surface with Stamkos.
     
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    Never thought of this.
     
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    Everyone would take a major hit in the pocket book.
     
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    Not only does Crosby help with attendance, several teams market Pens games as "premium" games that they charge more for. They won't be able to do the same with a team lead by Malkin.
     
  14. Dado

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    Wouldn't matter all that much.

    It's hockey, there is always a new fresh young stud to hype up.
     
  15. peter sullivan

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    if crosby retires they will just throw someone else into the hype machine and make him appear to 10 times better than he is as well.

    i hope he's ok but the league would be just fine without him.
     
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    flinging that puck at the net in the gold medal game seems to have made everyone forget that he was a dog for most of the olympic tournament...he was essentially scoreless in the knock out rounds and all the talk before that game was what is wrong with crosby....he owes iginla for saving his legend.
     
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    They would just get another poster boy. And that would be Stamkos.
     
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    IMO, Penguins it would hurt (moderately in pocketbook, moreso on the ice). East division teams it may hurt a bit (moreso for weaker teams that need to market this game to sell tix (eg Florida it hurts, Montreal not so much)), West division teams barely get touched (fewer Pittsburgh trips, only pocketbook (i.e. direct) hit is in Crosby merch.

    BTW why do these threads always go for the worst case possibility, maybe he's announcing he's had the six million dollar man bionic implants put in for this year. Ok Ok, I know it's less fun being reasonable on the message boards...
     
  19. Eaglepride*

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    Can't believe some people think he will retire. Its just him adressing the media talking about the upcoming season, wheter or not he'll be ready for training camp or season opener.

    So it will be something like "I've progressed a lot but my doctors advised to postbone my comeback till I'm 100% symptome free and thats what I'm doing right now".

    The guy is already training again, he wouldn't if hes planning on hang em up.
     
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    That's what he wants you to think. Bwahahahaha!

    Seriously though, Crosby's not going to give up this early on. He'll be as persistant as Forsberg.

    Pfft. Like there's any other exceptional, exciting young players to watch in this league. Oh Wait.....
    For Pete's sake people, are you really so clueless?
     
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    I am not sure if i agree he is retiring but at the same time i don't think he would be meeting with the media to say he has progressed alot what i think he will say is he taking this season off and plans on comming back next year.
     
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    Did NHL suffer when Lindros retired ?
     
  23. tarheelhockey

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    People always want to play down Crosby's importance, but the fact of the matter is he's the biggest star in the NHL. It would absolutely hurt to lose him.
     
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    I'd say the NHL suffered more than we realize when it didn't really have a healthy superstar in the league between '99 and 2005. That happens to correspond to the time period when it got shelved by ESPN, plummeted in popularity and went into the lockout. It was not a financially healthy league in large part because Lindros, Kariya, Forsberg, Bure, etc all went down with injury.
     
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    A few years ago when sid was really the only young super star i think the impact would be far greater but now with a good amount of young super stars i don't think the impact would be as big.
     

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