This week’s editorial focuses on 3 sports related subjects. It’s a ranting and raving on those subjects. I will try to make this a weekly column going forward. I hope you enjoy it.
NHL IN OUTDOOR LIVING STYLE https://esportsrant.com/
The Gary Bettman’s project took a bad turn this year as ESPN stopped covering NHL hockey. I guess ESPN finally woke up to the fact that the NHL isn’t popular anymore and didn’t want to pay outrageous fees for a melted down product.
With player salaries through the roof, the only way for the NHL to pay their hacks (AKA hockey players) is to form outrageous relationships with TV networks.
Through the first round of playoffs the only network covering NHL hockey on a regular basis was OLN. NBC covers games on weekends.
OLN? That’s a real laugh. Talking about taking a step backwards as far as exposure goes. The NHL has become a third tier sport as far as television audience is concerned. The NHL remains a Canadian sport as far as loyalty to the sport and as far as television ratings is concerned.
Bettman should take all the blame for the poor television ratings. It was his grandiose plan to take the NHL to the sunbelt, all in the hopes of greater television revenue. While it lasted about ten years as the critics had predicted, Bentman’s plan is starting to unravel.
The one thing we can all bet on is that Bettman is not fit to run the NHL.
KOBE OR SHAQ?
While Kobe can get a gazillion points a game, can he lead his team to victory? Sadly the answer is no. This was proven last weekend when his LA Lakers blew a 3-1 series lead and was blown away by the Phoenix Suns in the final game of their opening round series.
Shaq on the other hand led his Miami Heat into the second round. Shaq is a dominant player, the guy I would want to build a championship team around.
I laughed when the so called experts were saying that it shows that LA made the right decision when they decided to keep Bryant over O’Neal. That was when the Lakers were up 3-1. Where are those same experts now?
DODGE BALL TWINKIES STYLE
The Minnesota Twins (Twinkies) are playing dodge ball this season. Instead of hitting the baseball, they seem to be dodging the ball. They can’t win ball games and they’re having a terrible time hitting the ball.
Maybe the Twinkies need to start playing hit the ball instead of dodge the ball. Minnesota pitching also needs to improve if the Twins want to rebound from a terrible start to the season.
We’ll have to see what type of baseball they decide to play through the remainder of the season.
Well that’s it until next week. I will try and write a weekly column ranting and raving on various sports related subjects.
If you have any ideas for subject material, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony B. is the founder and owner of ItsTheRightWay.com [http://www.ItsTheRightWay.com/] a news, political and sports commentary website.