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Hockey is a Better Sport than Basketball

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Started: 5/5/2012 Category: Sports
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bcours87

Pro

It is my opinion that hockey is the most underrated sport in America. No other sport combines fast paced play with tough physical competition. America's primary hockey league, the NHL, is well known on the international level and has a long, rich history. The majority of Americans enjoy sports like football, baseball, and basketball; they tend to write hockey off for the most part. If you're watching ESPN on any given night and they're playing a top ten highlights reel, your likely to see about nine slam dunks and maybe, if you're lucky, one highlight from an NHL hockey game. It is my opinion that while basketball is certainly an interesting and fast-paced sport; it cannot compete with hockey on any level. Hockey has been an establishment in the United States a lot longer than basketball too.
The NHL was founded in 1917. The NBA didn't come along until 1946. Both sports exploded in popularity upon the founding of their own major leagues, but hockey had already been a professional sport in the United States and Canada for 29 years. While they NBA is very popular in America, the NHL draws international attention and is regarded as the foremost hockey league in the world.
What makes a sport truly fun to watch is talented players, fast-paced action, well-coordinated team play, hard-working and effective offense and defense, tough physical contests, and exciting post-season competitions. Hockey features all of these aspects and more.
While many Canadians are fanatical about hockey, as I stated previously most Americans will pass it up in favor of other sports. I think that this is because they don't fully understand the game. People don't understand how difficult it is the stick handle past defenders or blast a shot into the corner of the net or through the goalie's legs. They don't appreciate the grueling physical routine these athletes have to put themselves through to remain strong as well as quick and agile. Also, people don't consider that all of this has to be done in ice skates. Anyone can run up and down a court, but when you have to focus on controlling the puck as well as maneuvering your body on ice rather than solid ground, things get very tricky. Professional hockey players are highly skilled and well trained athletes and they work much harder than people give them credit for.
One unique quality of hockey is the championship trophy, the Stanley Cup. The cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America. In most sports a new trophy is made for the champions of each season. This decreases the value of the trophy itself as well as the sense of accomplishment it should represent. The Stanley cup has been the only prize for championship teams in the NHL since the league was founded. Players don't compete to simply to be crowned league champions; they compete just for the right to touch the legendary cup. In fact, players on a run through the playoffs will refuse to touch any other trophies they win, such as division or conference title trophies, because the only trophy they truly care to receive is the cup. When a team wins the Stanley Cup, each team member's name is etched into the side of the historic trophy as a permanent reminder of their accomplishment. Each player gets to spend a day or two with the cup and do whatever they want. No other sport has a trophy so revered and with so much history.
Alfredisimo

Con

The easiest way that i can argue against this as of right now is with the current tv ratings and news coverage of the playoffs. The playoffs as of right now have begun for hockey and for basketball. When you turn on sportscenter what gets the most coverage even though the final for the stanley cup (the championship trophy for the sport of hockey) is a lot closer than that of the National Basketball association still the NBA is still getting more news coverage as of right now. It is easy to say that Hockey is more popular in some parts of the world, mainly Canada but the reality is that Basketball is an olympic sport and is played all around the world. I would think it is safe to say that at least 90% of athletes would prefer to play basketball than hockey and the majority of sports fans prefer to watch hockey than basketball. The only reason that this sport of hockey gets the coverage that it does is because fighting is a lot more acceptable and that appeals to some people that do not even watch sports. Figting does not earn you any points in the sport yet that is where most of the publicity comes from. If thats the case you might as well just call it "boxing on ice" because that is all that it seems to be at times. Most of the time when i turn on ESPN I see hockey highlights and most of it will be about fighting. Sports fans like to be able to play the sports they love or be involved in it in some way other than what they see on televison. Hockey is a very difficult sport to play on a low budget and it is also very difficult to just simply go to the park and play with friends. It requires a lot more than just a hoop and a ball. That is another reason i feel the sport can be considered anywhere close to being even as good as basketball because it is just too difficult to incorporate that sport in your life. Ice rink usually just have people skating and then to have a game in a parking lot you all need to have skates and padding and goals set up. It is so mucheasier to play the sport of basketball for fun than it is to play hockey. That iis a huge reason as to why people don't play it commonly.
Debate Round No. 1
bcours87

Pro

While it is true that in America ratings for basketball are far higher than those of hockey, it is also worth noting that while both sports are well known on the international level, hockey seems to have a much larger following than basketball outside of the United States. This is evidenced by the overwhelming number of athletes in the National Hockey League from other countries. American born players make up only a little over twenty percent of the NHL. The other eighty percent of the league is made up of players from countries including Canada, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia, and many others.
The reason why there are so few Americans in the NHL is not because there is a shortage of American born players or because of any lack of talent. The level of competition to get in is just so high because there are so many players coming in from around the world. The best players in the world all strive to make it to the NHL. While the NBA also attracts athletes from around the world, the majority of players are American born, suggesting that while basketball is a popular sport in this country, it does not have as much of an international following as hockey. It would seem to me that a global following would outweigh a following made up primarily of one country.
While it is also true that ice hockey is easily one of the most expensive sports to play, you can play roller hockey regularly without having to spend much money. All you really need is a stick, skates, and a ball; gloves are optional. The hockey skates are the most expensive component, costing anywhere from $70 to $200 for a decent pair. While that does seem pricy, consider that most decent basketball shoes are in the exact same price range. And if you take good care of your skates, they will last you for years. Most shoes need to be replaced after one year. The next thing you'll need is a stick. Ice hockey sticks can easily cost over a hundred dollars, but good roller hockey sticks only cost anywhere from $15 to $30 and if you take proper care of them, you wont need to get a replacement for a few months. Gloves can cost around $50 to $100, but you don't need these for casual play. Only people who play hockey regularly need gloves. The cheapest component is the ball, costing anywhere from $1 to $5. All roller hockey balls or pucks are made essentially the same, some are lower in quality than others but they are all pretty much the same price. The average price for a basketball is $30; you could pay up to $70 for a good one. And hockey balls will last forever, they'll get lost long before they get too damaged to use. Once a basketball takes a certain amount of damage you won't be able to get a grip on it or keep it inflated.
So with all things considered, basketball and hockey are very similar in terms of cost. Basketball shoes and hockey skates are similar in price, but hockey skates will last longer. While you also need to buy a stick for hockey, the price of a hockey stick and ball combined can still be less than the cost of a basketball.
Alfredisimo

Con

Alfredisimo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
bcours87

Pro

Hockey is an exciting sport to watch. Basketball is exciting in it's own way but it lacks the thrill of watching hockey for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is the style of play. Basketball is all about offense. One team takes the ball up the court, shoots, and scores two or three points. Then the other team takes control of the ball, shoots, and gets another two or three points. Sometimes they miss and occasionally they get blocked, but for the most part, there is no defense. While well executed offensive plays are fun to watch, without a defensive effort against them it just seems like it's too easy and the audience is eventually going to get tired of watching the same, repetitive play happen over and over again. The other team will try to position themselves to get in the way of passes or shots, but other than that they make no real effort to break up the play or stop the other team from scoring.
In hockey, there are three offensive players on the ice and two defensive players. The offensive players, generally referred to as forwards, are primarily tasked with trying to set up a play to score a goal. The defensive players will try to help them but their primary responsibility is to stop the other team from mounting any kind of offense if they manage to get the puck. These dedicated defensemen limit the number of scoring opportunities for the other team, making it much harder to get a point than it is in basketball. If the opposing team gets the puck and begins to skate towards the net, it's up to the defensemen to try to find a way to stop them. They can do this by blocking passes and shots, trying to knock the puck away from their opponents, or slamming into them to either knock them off the puck or off their feet completely.
This particularly aspect of defense is called checking and it is another factor that makes hockey particularly exciting. Watching offensive players get crushed into the boards or flattened on open ice makes the sport of hockey very fun to watch. Defensemen are usually very large and heavier than the other players, this gives them an edge in when they need to hit the smaller, lighter forwards. Hockey is a very physical sport and a big hit can excite the fans and exhilarate the players.
In hockey there is also a goalie. His responsibility is to guard the net and block any shots that come his way. In basketball Most shots will make it to the hoop, it's just a matter of whether they go in or not. In hockey, shooters have to beat the goalie. Goalies are equipped with thicker sticks, wide leg pads, a blocker, and a glove for catching pucks. Watching a goalie make a big save is almost as exciting as watching your team score a goal. Goalies are very fast and they have to be, some shots can get up to over a hundred miles an hour. If the defense fails the goalie is there to make the save and keep the other team from getting a point on the board.
The combination of the defensemen and the goalie make it difficult for opposing teams to score goals. As a result of this hockey scores are generally very low, with most teams only scoring an average of three points in each game. Basketball scores are relatively high, often over seventy points and in some games over a hundred. While a low scoring game doesn't sound as interesting as a high scoring one, it really does make for more entertainment. Teams have to work hard and make great plays and take great shots to score goals in hockey. In basketball all they have to do is not miss. A lot of hard work goes into hockey goals and when a team manages to get a point on the board, the fans and the players erupt in celebration. In basketball, a single player could score as many as twenty to thirty points in one game. In hockey, it's considered remarkable for a single player to get three goals in one game. The amount of effort that goes into scoring a goal makes it so much more exciting to watch than the constant points being scored in basketball.
Alfredisimo

Con

All of your argument basically says is how the game o hockey works. maybe the fact that it was easy for you to explain something of that nature makes you feel its a better sport. simple is not exactly always better. This does however bring to my next point which is that the sport is mainly full of brutes and at times can be decided by who is willing to risk their health and who is not willing to risk their health. There is an extreme amount of fighting in the sport and at times it can be surrounded by only that. When you look at the fan base of the sport it is usually people of lower intelligence that are just as aggressive and low minded as the players are. Besides that a real sport is not based on something like that. A good sport should be a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and of all backgrounds. A great sport should be filled with action of every minute of the game. The game should be based on sportsmanship and should always be kept professional. Even those few criteria that i have just named are crtieria that the port of hockey and the national hockey association do not care about. Basketball is a profession sport surrounded by profession athletes. THere are few strict rules and everybody envolved with the sport know that if you do not follow the rules and regulations in he sport that you will be dealt with and there will be serious consequences. Though it may sound a little too strict it is necessary because unlike basketball hockey is filled with a lot of unsportsmanlike condut. What kind of sport permits fighting and if you do fight all you do is sit in a box for five minutes until the refereee signals that you can come out ad continue to play in the game only to start another fight and possibly lan in the same penalty box once again. five minutes in a glass box does not teach anything nor is it really a punishment for anything. My personal opinion is that it is more like a break than a punishment. Half the players that land in that box get their energy back to full strength and are able to go back out there and try to be just as aggresive as they wee before they were in the box. 34% of players that are put in the penalty box at one point through out the game are put in there more than once and if they do not they issue bigger and more aggresive hits after being in the box than before they were in the box.
Debate Round No. 3
bcours87

Pro

bcours87 forfeited this round.
Alfredisimo

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
bcours87

Pro

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Alfredisimo

Con

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