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Video: CNBC Sports Biz debates merits of fighting

Mar 23, 2012, 9:12 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers grabbed headlines when three players dropped gloves at the three second mark this week. John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer traded verbal jabs while many were delighted by the medieval bit of on-ice violence.

But what about the mainstream perspective? To see how people reacted outside the “hockey bubble,” check out this video from CNBC Sports Biz:

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  1. betrayedbylife - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    “hey i don’t watch hockey but here’s my opinion on it”.

  2. tommytd - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Keep fighting in the NHL and you’ll keep it a “second tier” professional sport forever.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I agree. I used to work in the Sports Dept. of a newspaper in a non-NHL US city that did have a junior team, and the regular comments reflected a lack of respect for a sport that tolerated the stupidity of appointment fights (as opposed to tussles growing out of a heated match). When news space was more limited, NHL was always the first thing cut. That was the reality. With hockey starting off with the handicap of not being a native sport in the southern half of the US, it doesn’t help to stick with the Neanderthal element.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Bottom line, if you’ve never laced up the skates, keep your mouth shut

  4. itspartofthegame - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Yeah – Southerners don’t like hockey because of the fighting. That’s why rasslin’ isn’t more popular. That’s why MMA isn’t a bigger draw. That’s why rooster- and dog-fighting disappeared ages ago. It couldn’t be the alien elements of blades and ice combined with a speed of play that requires concentration and patience. Not to mention scores lower than that of baseball. Yep. Fighting must be the reason.

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