NHL: 5 Reasons Hockey Wins If the NBA and NFL Lockouts Continue

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NHL: 5 Reasons Hockey Wins If the NBA and NFL Lockouts Continue
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With both the NBA and NFL in the midst of lockouts, it's unclear if either league will resume play in time for the starting dates of their respective 2011-2012 seasons.  

If neither league can reach Collective Bargaining Agreements in the near future, it will almost assuredly increase the popularity of other professional sports in the United States, including the National Hockey League.  

While Major League Baseball could also benefit from the absence of professional basketball and football in the U.S., the timing of the NHL season means it will likely gain more than the MLB, as the season is over by the time winter is upon us.  

So, without further ado, here are five reasons why hockey will benefit if the NBA and NFL Lockouts continue.  

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