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.