Essay about Hockey-The Rodney Dangerfield Of Sports

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Hockey, The Rodney Dangerfield Of Sports

     In the US, there are four major sports; football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Out of the four, hockey gets the least amount of respect. This is something that bothers me as hockey player and fan, and it also bothers other hockey fans around the country. They way that hockey is covered in the newspapers, on television, and not just professional hockey. It goes the same for college hockey and also high school hockey.
     Lets start at the top with the NHL. The NHL has a TV deal with ESPN and ABC so that the two companies share the Stanley Cup Finals. The NHL’s championship series. (It should also be noted that ABC owns ESPN). The
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It was about a week ago when the Devils were playing Toronto in the second round. The game was on ESPN for people to watch in all parts of the country except the Tri-State area. Here, we are expected to watch the game on the Devils local station, which happens to be FOX Sports Net NY. The only problem with this is that my cable deal doesn’t give me FOX Sports Net NY, therefore I was unable to watch a very entertaining game. Even the other three sports have their first round games on network television. But some people who even have cable, can’t watch a first round game of hockey in the playoffs.           
     Also, the way that the NHL is covered in the newspapers and on TV is different to that of other sports. When you read the newspaper the only time that you will see a hockey game make the front page of the sports section is in the local paper when the local team is winning. If they are not winning or not in the playoffs, you will not read much about hockey. And the same thing goes for the newscasts’. When they do the sports, the only time that they will talk about hockey first is if the local team had a big win or is in the playoffs.
     These problems aren’t just in the NHL and professional. It also goes down to college hockey. If you live in this area, the only time you will be able to watch c college hockey game is during the Final Four. Which, ironically, is also

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