12 May 2012
MvsW #0119 QoD
Marek vs Wyshynski #0119 (May 04, 2012) Question of the Day:
What would make you care about the IIHF World Championships?
I think the whole problem with the IIHF World Championships is pretty obvious - it happens during the NHL playoffs. That alone makes it a hard sell, as it's tough to get time to watch it (and don't even get me started on how stupid a tape delay is in the Information Age), but the fact that it's also not featuring all the best players in the world is a significant factor as well.
The obvious solution is to not play the event during the NHL season, which makes it more viewable, but also increases the player pool for the event. I would personally schedule it for August. June has the Cup Finals and the draft, and July has free agency, but from the second week of June to mid-September, there's nothing at all for hockey fans to sink their teeth into. I always start getting my hockey jones real hard in mid/late August, and if the IIHF were on at that time of year, I'd be all over it.
The only thing that might become an issue then is if it would really mean much to be a yearly event, and if players would want to take time from their offseason plans to participate. I'm not sure if that would be a concern or not, but if it were, I think setting it up to have a championship tournament every other year (alternating between Olympics and IIHF) would be a pretty solid idea. I think just moving it to August would be good enough though, to significantly increase interest in the game.