I hate commercials, after previously owning a DVR and then having to watch hockey live, there's a huge difference. I think that they interrupt the flow of the game and I'd rather just watch games on-demand now with the commercials removed. Taking them out has to increase viewership of the sport. Not to mention the 18 minute waste that is the two intermissions which are usually never worth watching. I'm assuming commercial revenue is irrelevant to the NHL itself but the networks airing the games obviously need the $. Would it be possible for the networks+NHL to reduce the amount of breaks in the future while finding other ways to advertise? The advertisements would obviously have to get revenue to the network (so things like ads on jerseys are off since that's NHL revenue). Also would it even be possible to do until the NHL's TV network in whichever region expires which isn't for another decade almost in the US I think?