The 2016-2017 NHL season ended last night when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0 to take the Stanley Cup Final in 6 games. Had the series gone to 7 games, the NHL season would have wrapped-up on June 14 – 246 days after it began.
The purpose of this post is not to criticize any league for the length of their season, nor is it to suggest ways that seasons could be shortened, but rather it is to emphasize how efficient the NFL is at generating value. Take a look at the stats for the 2016-2017 seasons of the “Big 4”:
With just 16 regular season games per team and a total season duration of just 5 months, the average NFL team is over 4.5 times more valuable than the average NHL team, and almost 2 times more valuable than the average NBA or MLB team according to Forbes. Clearly the marketing department at the NFL has found a wining formula. Everyone else should be taking notes.