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SBD/June 11, 2013/Events and Attractions
Game 1 Stanley Cup Final Ticket Prices Soaring On Secondary Market
Published June 11, 2013
MUST-SEE VIEWING? ESPN's Howard Bryant said someone "is smiling on the NHL" with the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final matchup, as the league was "supposed to be a disaster" after the lockout-shortened season. He said, "You've got unbelievable hockey being played in the places where people care the most." Bryant said the Final matchup is "something they couldn't have written any better coming out of labor problems." N.Y. Times columnist William Rhoden said, "This is exactly what hockey needed" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 6/9). But ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "I don't know that casual sports fans who are more fans of baseball or basketball or pro football (are) going to go running to their sets. I think you do that to see a transcendent player. ... I don't know you do that for teams. I know these two teams have massive fan bases." ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "In terms of the larger question of whether it breaks through, there's no real clamor for hockey. Hockey's still regional" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/10).