Will Bigger Nets will increase US TV ratings?

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  1. puckhead103*

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    will having bigger nets and higher scoring games (1980s style) will translate into a larger US ratings meaning a large TV contract like the NFL?

    critics say fans like offense and don't like to see defensive hockey....

    any thoughts...
     
  2. TehDoak

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    most fans like the fights as much as they like the scoring. I think the best thing the NHL could do is market its players better. Its harder because alot of the european players aren't as relatable as the NFL players, but Oveckin should be on the TV as much as humanly possible.
     
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    No.

    Would larger NBA hoops make for a bigger audience?
     
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    Will what?
     
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    Yes, good chance TV ratings would be as high as they were in the 1980s, you know, back when the sport was popular. :sarcasm:
     
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    I wouldn't mind bigger nets because the Goalies have gotten so big from the time when the original nets were made.
     
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    Is a bigger net going to increase offensive play and cut down on "boring" defensive play? Or is a bigger net just going to give a shooter more to look at thus increasing thier chance to score? If they raise the crossbar, your going to size a guy like Karl Goehring right out of the sport!
     
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    Please no..

    That would mess up a whole generation of goalie who rely on their instinct of where their net is.

    I though the net was okay last year?
     
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    Increasing the net size is a stupid idea.

    Now all leagues in North America, and all rinks will have to incur infrastructure costs to have the same size.

    Also, what happens when there is an international tournament - this will hamper the North American players used to a bigger sized net.
     
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    No.

    NOTHING will increase US TV ratings. Hockey is a regional sport in the States, and will remain so.

    A lucrative, national TV deal for the NHL is a pipe dream, and the moment the league realizes this, the better off fans of the game will be.
     
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    Whats next raising the nets 3' off of the ice to promote lacrosse style goals? :shakehead
     
  13. Maken*

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    No, it should be a one-dimensional skill competition that in no way resembles hockey or a team concept to solve the outcome of games... oh wait... :banghead:
     
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    I don't get the relationship between raising the net 3 feet off the ice and "lacrosse style goals". Last I checked, lacrosse nets were firmly on the ground.
     
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    It puts a sad face on our great game to even discuss this.
     
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    thx
     
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    Not increasing net size specifically. However it is pretty obvious that if you increase scoring that ratings go up. That is true not just with hockey but most sports. However purists may scream about it (again no matter the sport) fans like to see scoring and their teams in the playoffs. Hockey has 16/30 teams make the playoffs so they certainly do not need to do more there. As for scoring, I doubt that very many could disagree with the positive reaction to last seasons changes which hindreded defenses and boosted offensive stars. Does more need to be done? Perhaps not. You can go too far. But the theory remains very sound.
     
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    They arent seriously thinking about making the nets bigger are they. I sure as hell hope not. Quit screwing with the rules and just put more effort into marketing.
     
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    Changing the net size would make the league look even more like a fringe sport. One of the things hockey has going for it is a history, and changing a fundamental part of the game just for ratings makes the game look stupid.

    The game is entertaining as is, and more goals doesn't make it any better.
     
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    I agree. Its not only the goals that make the game great. Its the plays. A 0-0 game can be more entertianing than a 7-5 game. Its all about the gameplay, not the goal numbers.

    The changes like no line-change after icing, no red line, calling the game better... those improved the game. Not changing the net size.
     
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    More goals does not equal excitement. Teams will still play defensive hockey, but score more cheap goals. They should be working on having more shots, because more shots will produce more excitement as well as more goals.
     
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    I agree with the poster who said forget about a lucrative national TV deal. I'm OK with hockey as a niche sport.

    But as a fan and season ticket holder I think the decline in scoring will resume this coming season and I would prefer a bit more offense. I could go for making the nets larger but I'd rather try shrinking goalie pads a bit more first.
     
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    Picking the puck up, lacrosse style, and slam dunking pucks into the net.

    I don't really watch football but how many touchdowns are in a game. Maybe the NHL should award 6 points for every goal and use score-o for an extra point. Then we can see some 28-21 games. :dunce:
     
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    hey i have to say sorry -

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2006/09/11/1825506-sun.html
     
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    Not a chance. I hate the idea of tinkering with rules every year to try to get a larger audience. Next thing you know there will be no ice and the players will wear inline skates. (promotes the game in non-traditional markets).

    Just answer this...what other sport changes their rules so dramatically year after year? Isn't the flipping shoot out enough?
     

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