After a Great Stanley Cup, The NHL Needs to Use Momentum Moving Forward
Admit it, you're still in awe over Game 5 of the NHL's Stanley Cup. I was beyond glued to my television watching the Rangers and Kings battle through the first overtime period. I couldn't contain myself heading into the second overtime. The Kings would ultimately get the win in the second overtime and seal the Stanley Cup.
The amount of talk over the NHL Playoffs was on fire. People who casually watch the NHL were on twitter showing their appreciation to how great the game was. Now, it's time for the NHL to capitalize on the momentum.
The NHL was so much bigger, or so it seemed, back when I was younger. There was games taking place week nights on ESPN with Gary Thorne on the call, and there was constant hockey talk. That alone died after the strike in 2004.
Since that time the NHL has been trying to get back to the way it was. NBC Sports has helped quite a bit with getting the sport back into the national landscape but one question still remains:
WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU PUT TWO GAMES OF YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ON A NETWORK THAT DOESN'T REACH NEARLY AS MANY PEOPLE?!?!?!??!?!
That boggles my mind. Game three and four of the Stanley Cup were positioned on NBC Sports Network instead of just on NBC. Ratings wise, the two don't compare. Hopefully in the future NBC just decides to air every Stanley Cup game and not put it on a specialty network.
There is so much to build off of this playoff season. Hopefully the league continues to grow and that more games will be shown on national television. It would just be nice to group it in the "big 4" again within the United States.