NHL Receives Massive Boost Amidst Criticism Over Dwindling Viewership

Published 02/14/2023, 4:30 PM EST

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Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, will host an upcoming NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals on an outdoor rink. But if you were someone who was planning to watch the game in attendance, we may have some bad news for you. As per reports, the hype around the game has led to a shortage of tickets. Although this is a great boost for the sport, especially during the drop in popularity, swindlers may use the situation to their advantage by selling tickets for a high price.

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If we could come back to the drop in popularity, or rather numbers, the current NHL season was anticipated to be the year’s most hyped spectacle. The statistics, on the other hand, tell a different story altogether. On Feb 1st, Mark J. Burns, a prominent sports journalist, tweeted a few figures and cited an Austin Karp study to show how this season’s NHL ratings are much lower.

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When compared to last season’s 478,000 viewers, the current statistics are startlingly low. There are significant doubts about the report’s accuracy in light of the roughly 22% drop in a single season. There are still individuals reselling tickets to the game, despite the fact that attendance has been low and the event is sold out. According to a report by ABC11’s Diane Wilson, the cheapest ticket available for purchase is just under $300, while the most expensive ticket sold by a certified re-seller is over $10,000.

The secondary ticket markets are currently selling the tickets. A buyer should exercise extreme caution before completing a direct transaction with a seller through social media or a resale site.

The Great One’s opinion on the viewership decline of the NHL games

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The National Hockey League’s first month of the year was marked by many major events. Fans were on the edge of their seats as Wayne Gretzky hosted a game. Both sides had outstanding performances in major bouts, and more commotion ensued. The NHL may have a large following, but they can’t seem to get viewers. The Great One has previously expressed similar worries.

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Despite being the finest of his time, the Great One was also the focus of this problem. In large part due to Gretzky’s bad play, a good number of former fans have returned, driving up attendance.

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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.
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