Hockey season is starting to unfold, but the National Hockey League will go another year without being aired on ESPN. Professional hockey is a growing sport and ESPN seems to be doing fine without broadcasting games. It has been since the 2004-05 hockey lockout that the main T.V. provider for sports (ESPN) has aired a professional hockey game.
ESPN feels that the hockey fan base will increase dramatically if a huge sports network like themselves were to air hockey games and I have no question about it. People want easy access to big-time sports.
Luckily, the World Cup of Hockey has been lingering the past month on the frets of ESPN. This is a huge opportunity for well-known network like ESPN to draw in fans for a large organization such as the NHL and promote overall hockey awareness.
I believe this to be a big step for the NHL. Gotta start somewhere!