With two of America's major sports leagues in the midst of lockouts, it lets us all realize that sports are only a game. What we also learn is that pro leagues aren't cheap to maintain. Are 4 major sports leagues in the U.S. too much even for this superpower to afford? Does one need to go?
Please note; I like hockey. It's as entertaining as a sport can get, and hockey players are some of the toughest athletes out there. Hell, arguably the greatest moment in American sports history came from a hockey game.
Here are some facts to chew on though;
-Most Americans don't play hockey-It's nothing against the game itself. It's the damn weathers fault. The few states with ice get to enjoy it. But the vast majority of Americans don't see ice or ice rinks therefore will never play the game.
-The NHL is composed primarily of Canadian and eastern European players-American players only make up about 20% of the league population.
-It's Canada's national past time/sport for crying out loud-While some Americans live for hockey, our countries passion for the game doesn't come close to Canadians. Canada is a financially stable country, I'm more than sure they could manage it.
Solution-Get the league down to 20 teams, like the English Premiere League. Take out the "odd ball" teams; The California, Texas, Florida teams, etc. and bring the games most prolific league home to Canada where it belongs.