Originally Posted by DaFace
FWIW, this is factually untrue. Hockey has experienced pretty steady growth in terms of attendance between the 90's and 2000's. The highest season thus far by attendance was 08-09 with 23m attendees. The higest in the 90s was right around 20m.
In terms of revenues, it's an even bigger difference from what I've heard, but I can't find a good stat on that one.
Bigger arenas? Expansion teams?