Farmer Ted, don't knock hockey just because you don't follow or like it. It is a great sport that has a lot of very passionate fans. Don't blame the sport just because it is hard to market and expensive for kids to play. As far as action goes, it really is hard to beat. It is a true non-stop action team game that has basketball beaten on soooo many levels that I am ashamed that it is the #4 sport in many markets.
Yes, the NHL has screwed itself up with poor marketing, rapid expansion, and Dark Ages owners - cough - Wirtz sucks - cough - but that will probably correct itself soon. Look for a major labor dispute at the end of this agreement and I honestly hope that the league shrinks by about a third, bringing the level of competition up a lot.