As you were sitting around the table hanging out with family, friends and various other loved ones enjoying turkey and stuffing, only a couple of sports were on your TV. College basketball and the NFL dominated the day as the only games on during the festivities. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way though, as the NHL has an opportunity to take advantage of a weak slate of games that other leagues present.
The NHL has always been the little brother on the block when it comes to the “Big 4” sports. They have always had to do something to stick out and going up against the NFL on Thanksgiving Day may be an idea that is just crazy enough to work. All traditions need to start somewhere and while the players I am sure prefer spending time at home with their families, making headway in anyway they can is something that should be encouraged by the league.
Much like College basketball’s kick off where for 24 hours they continuously have games playing the NHL should strive to do something similar but on a much smaller scale. After the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade is over and the Westminster Dog show is over on the NBC series of networks they should fill all of the channels with a deluge of games. What better way to get people acquainted with the league then games everywhere they look.
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— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 26, 2015
The Bruins and Rangers face off on Black Friday, a made up holiday by consumers, a day many don’t even observe. The NHL should try to use NBC, who have a stranglehold on Thanksgiving, and the fact nearly every American has the day off and as they try to expand the fan base. It only makes sense that the league try everything to get in homes in any possible way.
It won’t be a popular sentiment for many but sometimes the greatest risk in life is not taking one.