Just because I’ve moved to Africa doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten the plight of North America’s (currently) second least popular major sports league.
Shortly after the end of the last NHL season, which was a few weeks ago, at least, I wrote that, in order to save itself, the NHL needs to have shorter seasons. Surprisingly, Commissioner Gary Bettman did not call me (or anyone else, I imagine) to discuss the idea.
So now it’s time for grassroots action by all of us.
Just to remind you, a shorter NHL season benefits everyone:
- For players, a shorter season means less fatigue and chance of injury
- For owners, fewer games (i.e. less supply) can mean potentially higher ticket prices (see NFL)
- For fans, a shorter season would be less taxing on attention spans, and would mean we don’t have to wait as long for something interesting or consequential to happen
- For the sport as a whole, a shorter season would be easier for casual fans to follow and would mean the NHL regular season would no longer have to compete with the playoffs of EVERY OTHER SPORT for viewership
Boycott the NHL until November
And when I say boycott, I mean boycott. Don’t go to any games, don’t watch any games on TV, don’t even watch highlights online until November. If you are a diehard fan, this might be very hard. If you are a casual fan, you might have accidentally done this anyway.
If tonnes of people join in, it could make the first month of the season so unprofitable that the powers that be in the NHL might start wondering if they should just chop a month or two off the schedule.
Normally at the end of my posts, I ask for your thoughts. As always, I welcome them. But this time, I would also suggest that you share this post with anyone you know who cares about the future of the NHL.
DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN!!!