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Podcast: Why does the NHL hate itself?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Here’s today’s TribLIVE Radio show podcast featuring my guests: Douglas Murray, the Trib’s Penguins beat man Rob Rossi and, of course, @suckmeter

Thanks to all who called and emailed.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. chef automatic says:

    “Why does the NHL hate itself?” Because it wants to fit in with the rest of the country. … Too easy, Dejan. Too easy.

  2. NYRpete says:

    Don’t know why NBC’s studio clowns get to you. When games are going on, nobody on NBC is trashing Crosby. He gets more attention than anyone else, most of it positive. He’s on the cover of SI this week. Nobody’s disputing that he’s the best player in the game. In fact, you guys really don’t need to keep writing it. Fact is, even if the studio guys were waxing poetically about Sid, the NHL isn’t going to get in the mainstream anytime soon. Wonderful game with wonderful players. But barring something outrageous like the Blackhawks’ start, the NHL will continue to be a niche sport. And I’m OK with that.

  3. Jim S. says:

    It won’t be a top sport, but it could escape niche-dom I think. NHL arenas play to a higher % of capacity than NBA arenas, right? I know the NBA gets better national TV ratings, but they are carried by ESPN and the NHL did not help itself for years by being stuck on the Lance Armstrong network (Versus and whatever it was called b4 that). Which sport gets better local TV ratings? I don’t know for sure, but I bet the NHL holds its own vs. the NBA. Here in Chicago, it seems the Hawks are a much bigger deal now than the Bulls. Chicago is a pretty big market to be saying that, even if it is just anecdotal.

    It nauseates me that when I flip on ESPN Radio going to/from work, I know there is an 80% chance they will be talking about the NBA. SportsCenter leads with NBA stuff almost every night. I get that the NHL didn’t bow down to them and accept their piddly TV offer, so they are being punished by ESPN. I also get that the NBA is one of their main properties. But, I feel the coverage they give the NBA is just not warranted by its popularity level.

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