Starting midnight Saturday, the NFL officially instituted a lockout of its players for the 2011-2012 season to the frustration of NFL players and fans who now must endure a lengthy stretch without America's most popular sport.
As devastating as the news may be, it might not be the end of the world for football fans, because there is an alternative.
Instead of whipping out DVD's of the best NFL games of the decade, I am asking NFL fans to tune in to the NHL and give the sport of hockey a chance. They might be surprised at what watching a game or following a team for an entire season can be like; some may even become new fans of the sport.
Here are nine reasons why NFL fans should tune in to the NHL in lieu of the recent NFL lockout.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.