17 Nov

Welcome back to The Sports Ace, where Tebowing has been taking place for years…long before some guy named Tim Tebow emerged on the scene.

My friends will tell you I’m not the biggest NBA fan of all time, but as a sports fan I’m sad to see the lockout drag on and threaten the entire season.  There are thousands of good, honest people across the nation who are underemployed at best because of it…and I’m not talking about the players.  Here’s hoping the lockout ends sooner than later, and everyone can get back to work.

There aren’t many winners in this lockout, but I’ll give you one: the NHL.  I can’t remember a fall season in which the NHL has earned as much national mindshare as this one.  In lieu of NBA highlights, ESPN has to show hockey (or NFL analysis, but that’s another story).  Instead of fantasy basketball, uber-fans are trying fantasy hockey.  Instead of franchises like the Knicks, Bulls and T’wolves doing their thing, the Rangers, Blackhawks and Wild are doing theirs…and capturing a lot of bandwagon-jumping casual fans by getting off to terrific starts.  If the lockout drags on, and the NHL can deliver some good, dramatic hockey through June, it stands to gain bigtime.

If that happens, of course, NBC would be very pleased as well.  They own Versus, and produce the Winter Classic, and televise weekend and playoff games…those properties stand to be much more popular this year.

We’ll see how it goes with the NBA.  But one thing’s for sure: Christmas came early this year for Gary Bettman.

That’s all for now.  I’m out like the Philadelphia Eagles.

One Response to “Lockout…Yes!”

  1. Ted C. Williams 11/18/2011 at 9:12 AM #

    You’re dead on. The lockout plus the way NBC & Versus are pushing the league this year is greatly helping the league. MLS soccer also is benefitting from the same formula as well (but instead of NBC it’s ESPN and Fox Soccer Net that have been building the league up).

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