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The surging popularity of the National Hockey League in the U.S. can’t be denied.

The revenue confirms it. The ratings confirm it. The buzz around star players and successful teams, nationally and locally, confirms it. We just had over 105,000 fans watch a game worth two points in the standings, freezing their rumps off in the snow.

It’s been an ongoing trend since the League rebooted after the 2005 lockout. There’s been some luck involved, like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin arriving and having a steady parade of big market teams in the Stanley Cup Final. But the end result is still an unprecedented level of enthusiasm for the product.

Meanwhile, what the National Basketball Association has experienced over the last five years can be correctly termed an “enthusiasm gap.” Some markets thrive because their teams are winners; other markets that had winning teams once upon a time have decided the product is stale; still other markets simply haven’t built, or rebuilt, fan bases due to a lack of success.

In 2013-14, the comparison between the leagues reveals how stark a difference in enthusiasm we’re seeing. Or, at the very least, how much more aggressive the NHL is being in pushing its product.

From Nina Falcone of CSN Chicago, news of sellouts in the land of puck and lack thereof on the hardwood:

Throughout the 2013-14 season, 15 NHL markets have averaged at least 100 percent capacity in their home stands: The Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.

The Red Wings lead the charts at a 118.5 percent capacity, an average of 23,780 fans per game, while the Blackhawks take second at a 109.2 percent capacity, averaging 21,528 fans per game. (Note: Without the Winter Classic, the Red Wings are averaging 20,066 fans per game. If you don't count the outdoor game, the Blackhawks are leading the attendance charts. Expect the Blackhawks to get a healthy bump when they play their game at Soldier Field on March 1.)

The NBA, on the other hand, has only eight markets averaging at least 100 percent capacity this season: The Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

Pretty impressive, right? And of the 15 teams that are selling out every night, 10 are located in the U.S., which hasn’t always been the case in the NHL when it comes to full capacity.

Hockey is taking over. NHL has done a great job exposing the game south of the border and it's spreading instantly...NBA just has no competition with hockey IMO anymore...one sport is a point every other second and boring while hockey is hockey. God bless hockey.

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NBA product is so terrible. Seems like over half the league is under .500, they got franchises relocating like its going out of style, still coming off that embarrassing fixed games scandal, and it doesn't have the most model atheletes. There is zero parity in a league where your height counts almost as much as your skill. Pass.

My NA sport ranking: NFL, NHL, mammoth gap, NCAA Football, MLB, NCAA Basketball, NBA.

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Hockey is taking over. NHL has done a great job exposing the game south of the border and it's spreading instantly...NBA just has no competition with hockey IMO anymore...one sport is a point every other second and boring while hockey is hockey. God bless hockey.

This is what happen when the league push the major or southern cities to win the cup. Most of the so call fans chase winners.... It's just human nature. And having 4 of the biggest sports cities to win the cup in 5 years will boost the popularity of the sport.

It certainly won't help when the nba is getting faker and faker everyday in the playoff.

From the way Bettman is handling the league tho, the nhl will head down to the nba route where result in playoff is determine by phantom calls and non calls

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The article may be a little bit misleading.

The NHL may still be beating the NBA but looking solely at the percentage of how filled an arena is can be misleading as to actual attendance given the fact that all arena's have different capacities. For example the Jets are given credit for 100% capacity in this article but keep in mind they only seat 15K and as far as actual attendance numbers go they rank 24th in the NHL and would rank 25th in the NBA.

Teams like San Jose and Boston also have 100% sales but there are NBA teams that have higher attendance numbers without being 100%.

So while I still think the NHL is beating out the NBA overall it may be by a slim margin. I don't feel like doing the math for each team in each league though.

IMO the NBA's downfall is it's not a deep league. A team with a .400 record like the Brooklyn Nets at 14-21 are currently holding a playoff spot. Playoff spot or not most fans aren't to hyped about poor record teams while the NBA is riddled with a few a few powerhouse teams that the star players all gravitate to play on.

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I still refuse to pay to go to games. Why are people in Vancouver paying 4, 5, and 6 times as much as Phoenix? Until they start paying for their tickets, and stop bitching about a $20 parking ticket, I'll stay at home and watch. Got tickets to the Flyer game, price on the tickets was $320, good grief!

This has nothing to do with Bettman growing the game, its about Canadians paying the highest prices to go to games.

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This doesn't make sense at all...

From what I've read on here, Gary Batman has been doing a terrible job and is ruining hockey. These things just aren't adding up.

Bettman is good at making money, not pleasing fans.

As fans we don't see or ignore the business side of hockey.

Can't figure out why Shanaban seems inconsistent, and the league seems reluctant to define headshots and take fighting out of the game? Sells tickets

Can't figure out why playoff rules are different than regular season rules? Sells tickets

Can't figure out why they wouldn't move out of Phoenix? Moving teams creates instability. That instability drops ticket sales.

and a host of other things fans see, but can't figure out, chalk it up to Bettman growing a league along with it's revenues.

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the former is reliant on the latter.

He is pleasing the large part of the fan base, who he is not pleasing is a smaller vocal group of knowledgeable fans. The reason I know he is pleasing fans is the numbers don't lie. Revenue is up because ticket sales are up.

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So is it fair to say Chicago should be considered the biggest bandwagon hockey club in the league? Ten years ago when they were playing like the Oilers they were getting 7000 to a game and there was a lot of talk of moving them. Now that franchise has its head out of its ass and they are selling out?? I bet ankle injuries are up in Chi town in a couple a years when the fantasy ride is over.

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