Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils were going to be a tough sell as a Stanley Cup Final.
Neither team has the enormous national fan support that Pittsburgh, Detroit, air max 1 salePhiladelphia, Chicago and Boston had. Neither team was among the top seeds in their conference. Casual fans in the U.S. have been taught for 20 years that the Devils are tedious. air max 2011 shoesThe Los Angeles Kings’ pursuit of their first Stanley Cup doesn’t resonate like the Cup droughts in Chicago, Nike Free Run ShoesPhiladelphia and Boston did.
So far, the viewership isn’t there for the series. Game 1 hit a five-year low for a Stanley Cup Final game. The fast national ratings for Game 2 averaged 2.54 million viewers on Saturday night; initially, buy nike freethat’s down from the 2.9 million viewers for Game 1, but when West Coast viewership is factored in expect the final rating to rise.
But despite the New York and Los Angeles markets, air max 2009this Cup Final has started slowly. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post believes this is a referendum on the NHL’s ability to market star players, and those star players’ ability to market themselves.