You telling me I don't like something as much as I think
You clearly don't like it as much as the NHL fans who actually watch the NHL. Your actions tell me that.
You pick and choose the metrics and get bent out of shape over anything else.
So you really don't understand why attendance is irrelevant? Would you also argue that MLS is more popular than the NBA?
Major League baseball. Not college football. My mistake.
MLB has been on a steady decline since its days as America's past time. MLB/NBA I will concede is a toss up, even though more people watch the NBA finals than the world series. But NHL and Nascar are def a tier below.