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They Don't Know What They're Missing

I've read several articles about the lack of support the Ducks receive in SoCal. Most folks, it seems, don't even know the local team is in the Stanley Cup finals. Which is a shame, because the Ducks are an entertaining, star-studded squad.

From the Canadian Press:

The Stanley Cup final is going on in its backyard but this affluent resort city with palm-tree-lined streets and kilometres of white sandy beaches might as well be on another planet.
Finding anyone who knew the NHL championship was even happening proved challenging.
It has been suggested that on the scale of important sports in the Greater Los Angeles area that hockey ranks somewhere between eighth and 10th. Ranked higher in the pecking order include two Major League Baseball teams, the NBA, college football, auto racing and even women's volleyball from Pepperdine University.

But L.A. isn't the only place not paying attention. TV ratings in Canada are down. Also from the CP:

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final averaged 2,608,000 viewers on CBC, down from last year and less than the Toronto-Montreal regular-season finale.
In 2006, the first game of the final between Edmonton and Carolina averaged 3.033 million viewers. In 2004, Game 1 of Calgary-Tampa Bay averaged 3.063 million viewers.

Read the articles here and here.

It's really too bad. Because if the rest of the games are as thrilling as Game 1, this is truly going to be a memorable series -- if only for the few who are tuning in.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 30, 2007; 8:50 AM ET
 
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