herb wrote:The easy comparable is the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys, who play in prime time nearly every week. Like the Cowboys, the Leafs are overrated every year by their fans and the media, and fans of other teams are tired of having the Cowboys/Leafs stuffed down their throats every week.
Dallas gets 1 Monday Night Football game a year, and 3 Sunday Night games. That's 4 weeks out of 16.
This year, you have to wait until December 28 for a HNIC with no Leafs. There are 3 weeks all year with no Leafs on HNIC Saturday.
I'm firmly of the belief that its better for the game to showcase the best teams, and not cater to the sheeple in Leafs Nation. Yes, the Leafs have probably the most blindly loyal fanbase in the NHL, if not North America. No, that blind loyal and shitty taste in hockey should not be rewarded.
The NFL, in spite of the Cowboys games, actually does a far better job of putting low-revenue but high-performing teams in national games - like the Saints, Packers, Seahawks, etc., who get equal billing with the Cowboys on Monday Night games. Not surprisingly, the NFL is the biggest sports league in North America.