Yes I did play hockey through high school. The NHL is way better than in those days. Probably because of the international influence and general physical training by all. The speed of modern hockey is incredible. Sorry, the fighting is retarded. You stop watching the actual game for a fight.
Your whole players union enforcement nonsense is bs. Its orchestrated half the time anyway with the enforcers agreeing to fight. "time for a fight" That's not a fight. Sorry, it appeals to the crowd that's all. no enforcement in a staged fight People will watch anything fight- roosters, dogs,
Whats the answer for why it's not in lower levels or Olympic hockey yet those games are often better?. No, usually.
Grow the sport? How about it's not even on broadcast tv in major markets for years now. Why have referees at all then? Obvious Flopping is easy to control with replay. Suspend or fine for the next game.
Men's Field Hockey? How about Hurling and all sorts of weird Irish and Scottish games? They're quite popular over there . Many local heroes.
The problem with replay for flopping DURING the game is it would slow down the game. Are they then going to review every penalty called on the ice? Not sure what the answer is there.
As far as TV goes. It's available at a price. Be it NBCSN (and the package your cable TV provider will charge you) or NHL Network, etc. I have no cable TV at all so.... I'm no longer willing to pay that price!
If they choose not to send it out over the (now digital) airwaves, I'll just listen online or read the review the next day.
As seg said above, the goon fighting is a completely different thing than what I'm talking about. And now that we're in the "second season" you won't see any of that. Just the neccesary self regulation the game demands.