Why Aren’t You Watching?

How does the NBA get more viewership than the NHL? Both leagues have gained TV viewers over the last few playoffs, but the NBA averages about 14 to 16 million viewers per finals game while the NHL garners only about 6 million for the Stanley Cup finals. I understand that more people probably play basketball while growing up, a fact that makes a lot of sense when you consider the cost of each sport, and therefore might not be as hip to the rules of hockey as they could be, but don’t people want to watch something exciting? Hockey is fast and furious for pretty much the entire game, takes far more skill than most other sports, and fighting is legal! This society pays $59.95 for a pay-per-view bout that may last 50 seconds. We love gore and it’s free on the ice.

Basketball’s last minute can literally take longer than the elapsed time it could take to negotiate a peace treaty between North and South Korea. Isn’t it odd that _______________ (fill in the blank with any star player) can sit on the bench for 3 minutes of ‘game time’ but in reality get a 36-minute rest? Yes, the dunks are cool to see, but isn’t that what Sports’ highlight shows are made for? Don’t even get me started on the travesty that is the “Top 10” sportscenter reel aka the only place on earth that would rank a regular one-handed dunk above an ankle-cracking one on four breakaway goal to win the game.

    • Nick Corcetti
    • October 13th, 2010

    I cannot agree more. Not only does the NBA take longer to finish a game than any other sport the ridiculous calls that are actually called a foul is unbelievable. I understand that you have to be able to shoot the ball to get points but at least in hockey they do not consider what is equivalent to a slap on the wrist a penalty shot. Not only are you right about the skill and talent, but you need to be able to work against people who basically want to knock your head off. Well written my friend.

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