The Insignificance of the NBA and the NHL

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2008

I will defer to the more knowledgeable writers of BR to fill in where needed here. 

I am a huge sports fan.


I have not watched an NBA or NHL game in its entirety for over 20 years.

Please let me know if I am the one who is missing out or is everyone else in denial? 

Those leagues are so over.  Note to readers—I'll watch just about anything.......but the NBA and the NHL.

I don't think I'm alone. 

The NBA is declining in viewership and fan base. I don't have the facts, but I heard a discussion on Mike and Mike on ESPN about a poll that was done. Apparently, there are more people watching cars go around in a circle than are watching overgrown men throw an orange ball around.

Maybe if the Harlem Globetrotters replaced the Knicks in the Atlantic Division people would turn to watching basketball again. 

The NHL used to be six teams when I was a kid. Then 12, then 20 and now I think there's like 85 teams or something...

Plus the games are being televised on a network called Versus. Now, I have a degree in media studies and I know who's who on the cable dial.  But I never heard of Versus. Another great move by Gary Bettman. Why broadcast to where the fans are? Why not let them come looking for you? I guess it keeps the suspense level high. Not much else is working.

AND....the regular seasons for these sports seem to go on forever. As Warner Wolf used to say—they play 82 games to eliminate five teams.   

PLUS...who are the stars - LeBron James? Carmelo Anthony? Aren't these the guys that  got schooled in the World Games and the Olympics by countries like Argentina and Borneo?

From the highlights I've seen, I've determined that Kobe Bryant is the best player. Then again the highlights only show the baskets that he makes. I wonder how many he misses...

The NHL has Sidney Crosby. That's all I know. That and the Stanley Cup gets won by a warm weather team every year. They should give Rio a team, they'd be destined to win.

The NHL just opened a new arena in Newark for the Devils.  They are really in hell now.

The Islanders play at the Nassau Coliseum. This 'arena' is located in one of the most affluent counties in America. Yet, it had to build auxiliary trailers around the outside of the building to house additional rest rooms.  

I have to go. It's medication time.