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(Ben Maller)   Dozens of hockey fans mourn the LA Times dropping coverage of the NHL's Ducks and Kings   (benmaller.com) divider line 34
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2006-07-17 01:26:59 PM
Exactly how many "dozens"? 3 dozen? 4?
 
2006-07-17 01:28:30 PM
Terrible. How can you not cover a local sports team??
 
2006-07-17 01:35:32 PM
That's just stupid.
 
2006-07-17 01:39:20 PM
I'm sure the paper is still doing World Cup follow up stories.
/Absurd.
 
2006-07-17 01:49:07 PM
The NHL Players Association should go on strike!

It worked so well last time.


Dear NHL players,

Suck it.

Signed,
Former long-time fan.
 
2006-07-17 01:51:40 PM
meh, I like AHL better anyway.

/BEARS! BEARS! BEARS!
 
2006-07-17 01:59:13 PM
vliam: The NHL Players Association should go on strike!

It worked so well last time.

Dear NHL players,

Suck it.

Signed,
Former long-time fan.


Actually it was a lockout. And it was better for the game. Attendance was up this year from the last pre-lockout year.

Other than the stupid OLN cable deal, the lockout was a good deal long-term for hockey.
 
2006-07-17 02:22:53 PM
...but they will jump on the bandwagon and proclaim themselves big hockey fans when the Ducks go deep in the playoffs.....


....stupid
 
2006-07-17 02:28:55 PM
It seems like a bad plan, there has to be at least a few hundred people that will be upset, after all, Los Angeles is the second largest Canadian city by population (more Canadians in greater L.A. than in Montreal-so my HS geog teacher told me).
 
2006-07-17 02:56:57 PM
If I had a subscription to cancel I'd cancel it. I get all my news from the web though.
 
2006-07-17 03:42:34 PM
Dear Editorial staff
Executive Editor: Bill Dwyre
Editor: Randy Harvey
Deputy Editors: Mike James, Bill Rempel (Projects and Investigations)
Senior Assistant Sports Editors: Mike Hiserman, Mike Kupper
Assistant Sports Editors: Athan Atsales, Debbie Goffa, Alex Kimball, Dan Loumena, Van Nightingale, Bob Rohwer

and the publisher :

Die in a Fire.
 
2006-07-17 05:27:59 PM
One is left to wonder if they have a beat writer for the WNBA.
 
2006-07-17 05:40:17 PM
and yet California has three teams. sad.
 
2006-07-17 05:53:34 PM
The NHL Players Association should go on strike!

It worked so well last time.


Dear NHL players,

Suck it.

Signed,
Former long-time fan.


As a long time fan I'm happy to say the one of the best rammifications of the lockout was the death of the fair weather fans.

if your gonna stop watching because of a lockout your not much of a true fan anyways.

i hope every crappy fan stops watching and only the people who truely love the game are left.

whats not to like?
 
2006-07-17 05:55:53 PM
That is sad. I wonder why. Certainly it has to be some sort of political stand and not a monetary reason.
 
2006-07-17 06:10:00 PM
murp0837: That is sad. I wonder why. Certainly it has to be some sort of political stand and not a monetary reason.


No, it is demographics. The LA Times has long been emerging as one of the BIG papers (NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ), and they are probably dumping what they think they can to put resources elsewhere (read: national news).
 
2006-07-17 06:41:29 PM
Terrible. How can you not cover a local sports team??

Actually, this isn't saying that, they aren't just sending their own reporters to cover road games. They will probably just get an article written by the guy who covers the other team in their city.

Which is really how most non major league sports teams get covered (WNBA, MLS, AFL, etc). Most papers don't send a guy to cover a WNBA game 1,000 miles away. That's all this will be.

Which is what the NHL is now. Sorry you aren't part of the "Big 4" US Sports Leagues anymore. It's just the "Big 3" now.
 
2006-07-17 07:16:33 PM
ice golf sucks
 
2006-07-17 07:19:59 PM
MoreCowbell!: i hope every crappy fan stops watching and only the people who truely love the game are left.

You got me. I hate hockey.

That's why I go to AHL games.

For what it's worth, I won't watch major league baseball anymore for the same reason.

If they can't be bother to have a World Series, I can't be bothered to watch. Fark'em.
 
2006-07-17 07:50:08 PM
Los Angeles is the second largest Canadian city by population (more Canadians in greater L.A. than in Montreal-so my HS geog teacher told me)

That's exactly what Jack Kent Cooke said when he paid the big bucks to the NHL to start the Kings franchise back in the '60s. Later he was quoted as saying "Now I know why all those Canadians moved to L.A. They hate hockey."

Seriously, this is just a financial decision. The LA Times, like a lot of other newspapers, is hurting due to declining sales and subscriptions. Not sending reporters on road trips saves $$$. If the Kings ever make the playoffs again (not a sure thing), they'll send a reporter out to cover them (Ducks, too, I expect), but they're giving up on the regular season--just like a lot of fans. I used to have Kings' season seats (before they priced me out of the building), but even I don't bother watching the regular season any more. All it decides it who's injured for the playoffs.

rags
 
2006-07-17 07:58:27 PM
I am surprised they didnt blame this one on George W Bush as well.

/didnt rtfa
//dont care about the LA Times
 
2006-07-17 08:10:20 PM
jbernie: I am surprised they didnt blame this one on George W Bush as well.

The LA Times hasn't endorsed a candidate for major office since 1973. Can you say the same about whatever unbiased news source you may prefer?
 
2006-07-17 08:22:07 PM
Let's Go Caps!
 
2006-07-17 08:44:06 PM
the NHL column, written by Hockey Hall of Famer Helene Elliott, has been whacked.

I thought it was New York/Jersey that did the whackings. Didn't the column just get shot in a fit of road rage out in LA?
 
2006-07-17 08:44:55 PM
And the LATimes wonders why susbscriptions keep declining.
 
2006-07-17 10:45:05 PM
That's why I go to AHL games.

Ah, the AHL. All of the obstructive play and lethargy of the NHL, without the talent!

I can watch almost any hockey league except the AHL.

/can't wait for Edmonton's WHL team
//hopes they don't screw up (ticket pricing, arena)
///knows they will
 
2006-07-18 12:08:13 AM
-sarcasm alert-
L.A. is a great sports town, isn't it?
-end sarcasm-

Seriously, how dumb is that anyway? Any Kings or Ducks fan can go on countless sites and read piles of info if they really care. Jeez, those feckless self-centered me-firster upscale smog-spewing divotheads are a bunch of boneheads anyway. They don't deserve hockey or baseball or even basketball. Look for that hellhole to lose both teams and good riddance. L.A. sucks. Been there, lived there, hate it.

--- NFL team? Hahahahahahahaha! ---
 
2006-07-18 02:33:15 AM
i hear kansas city wants a hockey team, L.A. has two and cares about neither, how about one of them moves instead of from a city where the fans actually show up even when they're craptacular.

/hartford can take the other, or maybe hamilton ontario or winnipeg.
//all those canadians in los angeles are already fans off their own teams, i'm here(not canadian) and have no plans to bail on my football team just because L.A. gets an NFL franchise(if they do).
///or to bail on my baseball or hockey teams despite their suckitude.
 
2006-07-18 02:51:53 AM
The Kings actually have a pretty hard-core, loyal fan base that really does love the team and the sport. I am one of them.

As for the Ducks, their fans are the dumbest, most ignorant fans I've ever seen in sports. Most of them treat a Ducks game at the Pond as an expanded section of Disneyland. Screw them. If you want to take them to Kansas City, or Hamilton, or Winnipeg, be my guest.

/Go Kings Go
 
2006-07-18 10:34:00 AM
dletter: Which is what the NHL is now. Sorry you aren't part of the "Big 4" US Sports Leagues anymore. It's just the "Big 3" now.

By what standard?

Not by revenue. The NHL is still one of only four sports leagues in North America to generate multi-billion dollar revenues.

Not by attendance. The NHL set all time attendance records this season, with a 91.7% average capacity - 20,854,169 fans overall. For comparison, the NBA played to 91.4% average - 21,595,804 fans overall. Very similar numbers, and both far above bush leagues like the WNBA or Arena Football.

The only place that the NHL isn't a major professional sport is in the prejudiced minds of the major sports media (read: ESPN), and their viewers, who think that if it's not fed to them on SportsCenter, it isn't important.
 
2006-07-18 10:48:56 AM
The LA Times is owned by The Tribune Co. the same company that owns the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Cubs, WGN, and a bunch of other stuff in Chicago as well as all over the country. They are in a "cost reduction/revenue enhancing/dividend increasing" mode at the moment and are making a lot of unpopular decisions with the many newspapers they own.....Several popular reporters and columnists have been "retired" and other changes have been made as well, all in the name of efficiency. This hockey thing is simply an extension of that cost-cutting. They don't want to spend the money flying a reporter to out of town games to write a story that only a few (relatively speaking) people are going to read......Rip it from the AP Sportsline and be done with it....
 
2006-07-18 01:44:00 PM
As a Kings Season Ticket holder, this officially marks the day that "print is dead" for me. Still to this day, the Kings are the only team in Los Angeles to ever sell out every single game for the entire season, and they've done it many times while while being a marginally competitive team at best. No cuts for Galaxy or Chivas coverage though. Honestly, I dont know why the LA Times doesn't just start printing its paper exclusively in spanish. That's the demographic thay have committed themselves to. Just awful.
 
2006-07-18 03:42:44 PM
I feel bad for LA hockey fans. I'm spoiled here in Pittsburgh with actual hockey coverage in the local papers. And pretty good coverage too. Its simply ridiculous that the times can treat hockey in that manner. Sure the NHL isn't the NFL, but it sure as hell is not bush league.

IMO, hockey is 1000x more likeable than basketball.

I see in the next few years a real resurgance of the NHL, with its influx of young superstar calibre players and competitive balance its a sport that soon won't be ignored. All it needs is a bit more media exposure. Crosby versus Ovechkin is set up to be the next great rivalry.
 
2006-07-19 12:21:41 AM
The NHL has no business having teams where ice doesn't occur in nature.

/hockey is dead to me
 
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