It's my opinion that the NFL is as popular as it is simply because it's made for television. It's slow and easy to follow. However, I think that if you compare an average NFL game to an average NHL game, hockey is much more exciting to experience live.
The reason the NHL isn't as popular is because it's not as easy to follow on television. The solution in the mid 90's was that ridiculous glow puck experiment. Some people liked it, most people didn't.
My question is do you think that hockey will become more popular with HD becoming the new standard in living rooms across the nation? Will the clearer picture make it easier for the average fan to follow the puck, and the game in general?