The Blackhawks have proven time and time again to be one of the best teams in the NHL. We could go through a list of their accomplishments and they are deserving of tv time. But how much is too much? I wrote in my last ‘rant’ article about NBC Sports Network and their love affair for the Chicago Blackhawks, some of the feedback I got wasn’t very favorable. Even if you disagree with my opinion on this matter however, you cannot deny that this team is by far getting more exposure than any other NHL team and has been for years.
Recent news is the Chicago Blackhawks have a league leading 21 games on NBC. For years the NHL has been guilty of going overboard and using one teams hype and fame and broadcasting it for the world to see . Yes as a Detroit Red Wings fan I can even admit that my own team was one of many examples. Most recently however it has been the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks given this new honor. Again I am in no way trying to discredit what the Blackhawks have done in the past 8 years. It is simply getting boring to watch the same hockey team over and over and over again on the NHL’s NBC channels. If you’re a fan of the Blackhawks I’m sure you will disagree with this but Blackhawks fans is not who I’m writing this for. I’m speaking on behalf of the other 29 NHL fanbases that are just sick to death of watching one team get the spotlight over theirs no matter what. Was it the Blackhawks that won the Stanley Cup last year? The Pittsburgh Penguins would say no. Was it the Blackhawks that met in the Stanley Cup Final against them last year? The San Jose Sharks would disagree.
I get ratings. I understand them. I understand Bettman wants the best ratings possible every year for the NHL to try to broaden its horizons. But you’re not broadening anything by ONLY showing one team. It’s like we are watching a three hour version of something on VINE. It’s just constantly on loop and nobody can turn it off yet everybody watching is thinking the same thing. Why? Why must be always be watching the same exact team night in and night out? Nobody knows exactly as of right now….all I know is the the sport I love with all my heart continues to fail when it comes to being more entertaining and refreshing.
You know nothing, NHL.