NHL marketers need more sizzle to sell

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

By Craig Morgan
FOXSportsArizona.com


A few days after the NHL's Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, ESPN called for the creation of more signature events like this unique and popular game. The reasoning was sound: The NHL needs distinctive marketing opportunities because it falls woefully short of the other major pro sports in revenue.

While the NHL is touting the revamped All-Star Game's 33 percent increase in television ratings, the reality is the game drew a 1.2 rating on Versus (1.5 million viewers) -- well short of the Winter Classic


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