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BLUES STAR BRETT HULL SEEING RED OVER STATE OF THE LEAGUE
Published January 29, 1998
Blues F Brett Hull, who "used to be a walking advertisement for hockey," last night "turned into the NHL's worst nightmare, slagging the league and the people who run it," according to Dave Fuller of the TORONTO SUN. Hull, who has missed 13 games with a hand injury and is scheduled to rejoin the Blues tonight, said that he "avoided watching" his team's games during his absence. Hull: "The games suck. I wouldn't pay to watch them. It's boring. The whole style of the game is terrible. There's no flow to the game at all." Hull claimed that the "smaller, skilled players" are getting "squeezed out of the league," adding that expansion has "diluted the product, and now we're going to expand again." Hull: "It's up to the fans to do something about it. The players should stand up and be heard, too. But the players don't say crap" (Dave Fuller, TORONTO SUN, 1/29). WHAT ABOUT FOX? In an examination of the "tenuous" future of the Oilers, team GM Glen Sather tells Ed Willes of the N.Y. TIMES that he sees "the wave of the future" for the league as TV and "mass-marketing." Sather: "We need a national TV contract so we can compete for players with Philadelphia and New York. That's why Nagano is so important. ... There's going to be a lot of attention on the game. NBC just got out of the football business. Maybe they'll get into hockey" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/29).