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SBD/February 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Study Finds NHL Will Lose More Than $325M In Brand Value After Lockout
Published February 13, 2013
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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: In Denver, Adrian Dater writes it "seems clear" that hockey fans "couldn't wait for their sport to come back, and they gave it a big warm embrace when it did." This year's lockout was "annoying to hockey fans, but the interest in the game's resumption was intense." The larger point is hockey fans are "not as many in number, especially in the United States, as in other major sports, but they are insanely passionate about the game." Those who "predicted all that major damage for the sport during the lockout just didn't get that" (DENVER POST, 2/10).
TIME TO FIGHT FIGHTING: In Boston, Christopher Gasper wrote, “In this age of acute concussion awareness, it’s time for the NHL to KO fighting." This "won’t be popular with the paying customers or players," but that is a "small price to pay to protect the brains of NHL players.” Gasper: “I’m not anti-fighting. I’m just anti-brain damage.” Fighting “won’t go down without a fight," as it is "ingrained in the culture of the NHL.” The absence of fighting “would mean the loss of opportunity for certain types of players” (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/10).