Friday, January 13, 2006

Bill Wirtz <3 Sidney Crosby

Chicago Blackhawks fans (all 16 of them) will actually get to see a home game.
On TV.
In their own CITY!
In the United States of America!
Like OMG d00d!

What could have possibly melted Dollar Bill Wirtz's ice-cold heart?

Why, Sidney Crosby, of course!!!
Perhaps rookie phenom Sidney Crosby's most impressive accomplishment will come in his 43rd NHL game Friday when his Pittsburgh Penguins face the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Because of the hype that accompanied Crosby's arrival in the NHL, the game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet.

"I don't know what to say about that," Crosby said sheepishly after Thursday's practice at the United Center. "It's good if there is a little bit of excitement. I've been in similar situations before where there is probably a little more build-up than usual."
I'm not sure what else Crosby could say, other than "How cheap is this guy? Is this the only home game people in Chi-Town can see on TV?"

Chicago, one of the Original 6 franchises, ranks 23rd in attendance with an average of 14,684. That's actually quite amazing, giving the crappiness of the franchise in recent years.

Still, I just don't get Wirtz' aversion to keeping his team's games off of TV when they play at home. His logic: People will stop coming to games and start watching at home.

Except, that's not how it works in the real world. Chicago has a huge population and lots of money, yet the Hawks can't even draw 15k per game! The AHL Wolves get better support many nights. That shouldn't happen!

If the team isn't on TV, then people don't get exposed to the team and people just stop caring. If there are no home games on TV, then people's minds are on something else that is on the tube, and the Hawks gets less exposure overall. Young kinds are growing up and watching da Bulls and da Bears and the White Sox and the Cubs on TV. That makes an impression. The Hawks? They rarely appear on TV and the press barely bothers to cover them. With such a loathsome owner, who would want to support this club?

Perhaps if the Hawks drafted Sidney Crosby, they would show a lot more home games.


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