The NHL Needs ESPN To Bring Back Games

Harrison LastContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

As I was sitting in my dorm room I decided to flip on the TV and start watching ESPN. While watching, I was remembering the days when hockey used to have a game of the week and how amazing it was. So now I decided to write about the importance of hockey coming back to ESPN.

ESPN is the "world wide leader in sports." Every sports fan watches ESPN whenever they are bored, and that is the channel set to come up when the TV is first put on. The sports fan would watch whatever is on, including golf (which I found myself watching today, screaming, "WHO CARES ABOUT GOLF!") and, if by chance, curling! What I'm saying is, the sports fan will watch whatever sport they find on TV.

Now as all of us hockey fans know, hockey is not one of the most popular sports in the United States. The sport just does not get as good of ratings as other sports like baseball and football. If you think of it, baseball is on ESPN at least once a week and it even has its own show (Baseball Tonight)!

Football is just everywhere. NBC, CBS, ABC, DEFG, and ESPN. Like baseball, it even has its shows and they run during the offseason as well. The NHL is NEVER on ESPN (except for a top play here and there). No one gets the chance to see what a great sport hockey is.

Running games on ESPN will not only increase the ratings, but it will introduce new fans to the game. Versus is not a good channel to broadcast "nationally televised games" on, for two reasons: 1) I don't get Versus on TV in my dorm. 2) Not a lot of people have Versus nationally. ESPN is EVERYWHERE, and it is literally national TV.

The NHL needs ESPN to broadcast games again to help boost its ratings and bring in new fans.