Originally Posted by ClockwrkOrangeS4
You're right, hockey
fans probably did tune in to watch this particular game. But to think that people will go out and purchase a single channel just to watch an All Star game is rediculous. It's an All Star game, it doesn't mean anything. If the game were on a major network I assure you there would have been more viewers, hell, even if it were still on ESPN I'm sure there would have been more people watching than watched it on Versus.
facts, I know the facts. The fact is that having the game on during the week did play a part in the low ratings, but it's not the only fact you have to consider. The fact that every household that has a television in the country receives the major networks, while not everyone receives Versus.
From watching it on tv, I'd say the arena was pretty full. I guess there is still a little bit of interest even though the game was played during the week
So football fans will shell out $200 a year for NFL Season Ticket, but hockey fans won't pay a couple of extra dollars for a channel they know will carry hockey?
Every hockey fan knew going into this season that the games would not be on ESPN and would have to have OLN or other channels to watch the games for a majority of the season until NBC broadcasts kicked in.
The arena being full doesn't mean a whole lot because that is around 20,000 people and that amount of people doesn't mean dick to the NHL. TV viewers/advertising is what they are concerned with and when you lose over 1 million+ viewers, its more than it just being on a different channel that fans already knew they were going to have to have to watch the game going into this season.
Another thing to think about when it comes to this game being during the week and it being a bad idea:
Why would you attempt to go up against American Idol?
That show is a ratings juggernaut and there is no way in hell people are going to watch an All-Star game for a league that is coming off of a bitter lockout year.
This was yet another grave mistake by Garry Bettman and NHL executives. I highly doubt that the NHL will be able to maintain operating, even at its reduced salary cap, past the next 4-5 seasons.