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Has the NHL ever recovered from the WHA’s formation?

Has the NHL ever recovered from the WHA’s formation?
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THEBUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

On October 13, the hockey world will be either celebrating or remembering a significant date which changed the course of the industry. It will be the 40th anniversary of the official start of play for the World Hockey Association in Philadelphia.

The first game was never played in Philadelphia as scheduled on Friday Oct. 13, 1972 because the ice was unplayable. But the fiscally-challenged WHA did more to change the hockey industry in seven years of existence than the National Hockey League did from that league's inception in the 19-teens.

The World Hockey Association gave hockey players leverage for the first time ever. Players could choose between the established NHL or the new World Hockey Association.

 

Rutgers vs. UConn game recap: ‘Blue-collar’ and Scarlet, the Knights charge on

Rutgers vs. UConn game recap: ‘Blue-collar’ and Scarlet, the Knights charge on
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rutgers 19-3 victory over University of Connecticut at High Point Stadium Saturday afternoon was a blue-collar, lunch-pail win. It wasn’t pretty, but as head coach...

Yankees' Nick Swisher loses smile for Maryland troopers wanting autograph

Yankees' Nick Swisher loses smile for Maryland troopers wanting autograph
BY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Getting an autograph from a big leaguer such as Derek Jeter or Nick Swisher is what all baseball fans strive for throughout the season. But to ask for an autogra...

N.Y. Giants vs. Cleveland Browns preview: Can Big Blue contain Brandon Weeden?

N.Y. Giants vs. Cleveland Browns preview: Can Big Blue contain Brandon Weeden?
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

It’s funny how the universe works. Even though the unanimous opinion is that the New York Jets have a much easier schedule than the grueling slate the Gi...

NFL decade-low attendance inspires new TV blackout rules

NFL decade-low attendance inspires new TV blackout rules
BY JED HUGHES
COMMENTARY

America’s most popular sport has experienced a noticeable setback in attendance. Recent years have brought a steady decline in average NFL attendance. In fact, 2011 marked the...

College Radio Day started in N.J. and continues everywhere

College Radio Day started in N.J. and continues everywhere
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

There was a time not too long ago when many thought that audio as a medium was almost dead. We live in a video world, we need to see things,...

N.Y. Jets' owner Woody Johnson counting on Romney more than Mark Sanchez

N.Y. Jets' owner Woody Johnson counting on Romney more than Mark Sanchez
BY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The New York Jets embarrassing route at the hands of the San Francisco 49s Sept.30 is Ok with owner Woody Johnson as long as Republican presidential candi...

Rutgers vs. UConn preview: Knights go for another Big East win

Rutgers vs. UConn preview: Knights go for another Big East win
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

“Scrupulous” is the mentality of the Rutgers football team. The Scarlet Knights are cognizant of the wasted opportunity that unfolded in 2011. They had a...

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia Eagles preview: The birds are sloppy

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia Eagles preview: The birds are sloppy
BY SAM HITCHCOCK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

My personal appraisal of the upcoming Giants-Eagles game Sunday night is that New York will absolutely pummel Philadelphia, and through the immortal words of many ...

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