The NFL is on the verge of striking (a move that could cost owners $1 billion). The NBA might have labor problems as well. As a result, sports fans might need new options. Can the NHL fill the void?

The league is making a push to do so. It tapped Charles Coplin to be executive VP of content and is going big on Foursquare. Hockey will land a better television deal both in the United States and abroad. The NHL continues to build an audience and will broadcast 10 American Hockey League games this season.

Here’s the thing about hockey: It’s fun to watch now. Read more