The Superbowl is fast approaching, and the annual outpouring of fan and advertiser support serves as a source of inspiration and envy for many other sports brands. Few people ignore the final game of the NFL season just because their team didn’t make it past the playodffs. But that’s an issue the National Hockey League has long been facing.
The hockey league has many devoted local fans, but getting them to care about the hockey season after their teams get kicked out of the final games has been an ongoing challenge. Last year, in the leadup to the playoffs, the NHL took to Twitter to rectify that situation.