John Cotey of the St. Petersburg Times (hey, they did win the last cup) spells out just how desperate things have become in the NHL negotiations:

“Next week, ESPN will air Rhythm in the Rope , a 60-minute documentary on double-dutch jump-rope athletes.

Let me repeat: double… dutch… jump… rope.

As funny as that may sound, would you bet your life that more people would watch an NHL game than would tune in to that? That more people would watch Steve Yzerman than jump-rope legend Stephone Webb? That more people would prefer the battle between the Jazzy Jumpers of Brownsville and defending champion ASGRM out of Japan than they would a showdown between the Vancouver Canucks and Carolina?

If so, that’s a bad bet. “

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