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    Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Don’t tell ESPN, but new poll finds hockey as popular as basketball in U.S. | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

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    -For one, that hockey has developed a core group of fans who will support the game with fervor. Since 2004, hockey hasn't dipped below 4-percent support.
    So hockey has a devoted following, much like auto racing. Unlike auto racing, it hasn't had peak year where popularity spiked.

    -The poll also concerns "favorite sport"; not "favorite to watch" or "favorite to play," but one assumes a combination of the two. Might hockey's uptick in recent years have anything to do with increased popularity as a participatory sport in the U.S.?

    -The point, however, is that hockey is in the national sports conversation while some media consider it an afterthought. Like, for example, the television folks in Bristol.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    I would believe that the NHL is comparable or maybe even higher than the NBA. But as a whole I have to think basketball is much more popular than Hockey. Especially when you consider that basketball would be #2 behind Football for a lot of people but Hockey is not a sport that a lot of people follow casually. Most people either love Hockey or don't pay much attention to it.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Did they take the poll in Northern Minnesota?


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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    I would believe that the NHL is comparable or maybe even higher than the NBA. But as a whole I have to think basketball is much more popular than Hockey. Especially when you consider that basketball would be #2 behind Football for a lot of people but Hockey is not a sport that a lot of people follow casually. Most people either love Hockey or don't pay much attention to it.
    I agree -- comparing the NBA & NHL might be favorable, but hockey is still a sport which is only regionally popular.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    In Chicago I believe it...the Bulls and Blackhawks are two of the top teams in their leagues. Blackhawks tickets are harder to come by then Bulls tickets and if you want to try the secondary market expect to spend more on the Blackhawks then the Bulls seating in the exact same seat at the United Center.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Did they take the poll in Northern Minnesota?
    Those were my exact thoughts, where was the poll taken



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    I think basketball, overall is more popular. More people play it, and at the collegiate level it is infinitely more popular than hockey.

    I think hockey, at the professional level, is more popular. Look at attendance between NHL and the NBA. The NBA is more relevant in as much as ESPN shoves it down the nation's throat because they actually air NBA games, but in terms of fan interest, I think the majority of NHL franchises are in better shape than their NBA counterparts.


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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Poll shows NHL as unpopular as NBA



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    I would believe that the NHL is comparable or maybe even higher than the NBA. But as a whole I have to think basketball is much more popular than Hockey. Especially when you consider that basketball would be #2 behind Football for a lot of people but Hockey is not a sport that a lot of people follow casually. Most people either love Hockey or don't pay much attention to it.
    This. And as for the folks in Bristol, I am pretty sure they are not airing any NHL games this season. Why would they want people to consider hockey relevant if they don't have the games on their network? They wouldn't. They would have us believe tennis and soccer are more popular because they want ratings.

    Also I remember Yahoo! having a report showing that soccer was more popular than basketball because the average attendance last year was slightly higher for MLS than NBA...they failed to mention that the average MLS stadium holds probably twice as many fans than an NBA arena making their point pretty moot. I think they are just trying to get people to read their articles.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    I think the article is misleading. The statistics of the poll separate college bball and nba, but do not do the same for hockey. Hockey is just hockey.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Quote Originally Posted by tjh1984 View Post
    In Chicago I believe it...the Bulls and Blackhawks are two of the top teams in their leagues. Blackhawks tickets are harder to come by then Bulls tickets and if you want to try the secondary market expect to spend more on the Blackhawks then the Bulls seating in the exact same seat at the United Center.
    I've lived in Chicago 12 years and disagree.

    5-6 years ago the Bulls still sucked and the Blackhawks were horrible.

    The Bulls were selling out and were 4th in the NBA in attendance.

    The same year the Blackhawks were GIVING AWAY FREE TICKETS. It caused outrage among paying season ticket holders.



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    I think the article is misleading. The statistics of the poll separate college bball and nba, but do not do the same for hockey. Hockey is just hockey.
    Absolutely. If you add together only Men's college BB and NBA, it is 10% vs. all of Hockey's (Men's college, Women's college, NHL) 5%.

    Should we really expect a unbiased analysis from "Puck Daddy"?


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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    I think it's more of a statement on the NBA than anything else



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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Poll shows NHL as unpopular as NBA
    Also this is simply asking for a respondent's favorite sport. Hockey may have a strong core of people responding that it is their favorite. How would BB compare against Hockey as a second favorite, third favorite, etc.? For example, college football and college basketball share a hugely common fanbase around the country. Many (certainly not all) who have college football as their #1 very likely have college basketball as their #2. Simply asking which is your favorite is a long way from demonstrating the relative popularity of sports among all fans.

    This article is taking a poll and saying it says something that it doesn't.


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    Re: Poll shows Hockey as popular as Basketball

    followed closely by haxball.



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