10 Things the NHL Could Fix to Combat Bad Ratings in the Stanley Cup Finals

The NHL ratings are down and here are some ways to correct the problem.
Jun 15, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left wing Dylan Holloway (55) celebrates goal with teammates in the third period against the Florida Panthers  in game four of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left wing Dylan Holloway (55) celebrates goal with teammates in the third period against the Florida Panthers in game four of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports / Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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8. TV Broadcasts.

The NHL broadcasting format is dated and unwatchable. Updating the 20 years out-of-date TV Broadcasts would go a long way in fixing the NHL.

To their credit, broadcasters are being more inclusive, but they aren't paying attention to the main thing they exist to create: entertainment.

What no one wants: cross-talking panel discussions that remind us of the horror of cable news.

9. The Rules.

No one knows what a penalty is anymore, and the rules change depending on what teams are playing, what the score is and what period it is.

This is just bad business.

10. Talk About What People Love About Hockey

Goal scoring, fighting, big hits. The NHL obviously has to balance this stuff with player safety, but what makes hockey fun is not a secret.

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More talk about big hits and fights, less talk about point spreads and faceoffs. It's not that hard.