How The Stanley Cup Affects The Potential Lockout
|Written by Michael Gordon|
|Monday, 11 June 2012 22:25|
The Stanley Cup Finals have a direct sports betting impact on a potential lockout this offseason. With game six set for tonight, the 2012 Stanley Cup final is a complete 180 from the 2011 Finals. That is to say, last year, two of the biggest markets collided when Boston and Vancouver went to a thrilling seven game final. But this season, two of the smallest markets in Los Angeles and New Jersey are showing that there is more parity in the league then some might believe.
Despite entering the playoffs as an eighth seed, the LA Kings appeared to be an indestructible force, through the first 17 games of the playoffs. Up until the past two games, in which New Jersey won two to one in each contest, the Kings were the poster boys for everything positive about the NHL. It wasn’t like the old days, where betting online users could watch a free agent filled team go on a run. Instead, both the Kings and Devils have seemingly grown through the draft and trade market in order to reach their current levels of success.
One of the biggest issues in the NHL has been attendance all across the league. Essentially, the fear is that because neither of the two finalists is in the upper echelon of attendance that the viewership will decrease. Instead, what we have found is that as long as teams are good the fans will come out and watch the games. For example, despite being in one of the biggest cities in the world, the LA Kings constantly rank 15th or lower in attendance. However, this season, thanks in part to both LA NBA franchises being eliminated in early May, fan attention has shifted from the hardwood to the ice. As a result, the Kings are experiencing the attendance rise, they should have always had.
On the other hand, the New Jersey Devils are one of a handful of teams going through ownership issues right now. With the fear of becoming the next Phoenix Coyotes, it would be easy for the Devils players to mail it in and allow the Kings to sweep them for the Title. Instead, the Devils are also seeing a rise in attendance, as fans in the East, travel to New Jersey to help sellout the arena for the biggest games of the season. The attendance renaissance are showing betting software users, that a lockout won’t be necessary.
Simply put, the increase in popularity from casual fans during the Stanley Cup playoffs has shown that the NHL news is better off then it ever was prior to the lockout. If the Kings win the Stanley Cup, it would be the best thing for the league for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Kings are a young enough team, that they could potentially make it back to the Finals next season as well. Secondly, when struggling teams finally find success, and are able to bring out the fans, the fans stick around and buy into the product. With this being the case, a Kings cup victory, could boost their attendance issues from one of the worst to one of the best in hockey.