Monday, June 4, 2007

Isn't the NHL Looking for Publicity?

I really have no idea why Al-Jazeera would want credentials to the Stanley Cup Finals, but I can't for the life of me figure out why the NHL would turn down their request.

Al-Jazeera has no one at the Stanley Cup finals, its credential request having been turned down. Given the paucity of non-aligned (i.e. Southern California) newspapers from the States covering the final between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators -- the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, both Denver papers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, New York Daily News and the Buffalo News have been spotted through three games -- you might have thought the NHL would have been happy to reach a, hmmm, really non-traditional hockey market, but, alas, that didn't happen. Why Al-Jazeera saw the news value in something that, say, the Detroit News apparently hasn't is for deeper thinkers than me.

Why would the NHL devoid itself of the opportunity to reach an audience that normally probably wouldn't have much interest in hockey? Is this a case of some sort of media profiling, or did they simply not have room in the press boxes in Anaheim and Ottawa? I guess we'll never know.


Comandante AgĂ­ said...

I guess the NHL hates our freedoms

Phil said...

Since the Hurricanes were eliminated, the Arabs have simply lost interest in the game. It's understandable.

Anonymous said...

The NHL is taking the Bush Admin's word for it that Al Jazeera is "evil." And I'm sure they'd never lie to us, right?

If you can't even speak the language, how would you know what they're even saying? Because Bush told us so?