ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 1)

If you have spent most of your childhood outdoors, you’ll understand that selecting the right sports to play is an art of its own. Should you choose to embark on playing football, basketball, hockey, table tennis, or have a decent game of chess? The question is just hard to answer.

Ice hockey and skating are excellent winter sports that can become a habit, even when winter has ended. But what happens when you have to select between hockey and basketball?

Whether it’s for taking part in a professional league or spending time with your friends, the question always comes down to which one is better. Normally, people would prefer basketball as the game is more popular and people are more familiar with the concepts. But they completely miss out on the excitement in playing ice hockey. So we’re here to lay down the basics on pros and cons of both sport.

Easy To Understand Rules

The first and most important thing about any sport is how to play it. While many children have had the liberty to play basketball at school, some children are left out. Which is why learning to play a new sport can be really hard.

In basketball, there are ten main basic rules that every player must follow. Besides, there are hundreds of complementary subsections and articles about rules of the game which can be pretty hard to grasp.

Nevertheless, they can easily be understood through careful reading and practice. The main goal of the game is to put the ball into the basket as many times as possible during 30 minutes of the match. It is critical to make sure that the ball is held within the hands.

Regarding ice hockey, the main goal is to shoot the puck past the goal line. The game usually lasts approximately 60 minutes, divided into 20-minute periods. Different from basketball, physically pushing and touching the opponent players is allowed to some extent in hockey.

In fact, both the sports are easy to understand and the level of complexity is the same.

What opportunities for hockey in China

In addition to traditional strengths such as badminton, table tennis, Chinese sports are currently booming as a promising market – one of them is hockey. In addition to Bettman, a billionaire of hockey village, there are two other stars: Kobe Bryant of football’s basketball and David Beckham.

In September, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings will meet in Beijing and Shanghai for friendly matches. This is the first promotional step that Mr. Bettman calls “the official launch for what we hope will be a long-term and successful partnership between the two tournaments, between our teams, between partners in accelerating the development of hockey in China “.

March 30 is considered a milestone for the national hockey championship (NHL – USA), when billionaire Gary Bettman officially brought it to China, in an effort to expand the influence of the sport. this to the most populous market in the world.

China now, after years of resonating in the Olympics, has stepped back with its poor performance compared to itself in 2016 in Brazil. Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to call for investment in Chinese sports development. In addition to traditional strengths such as badminton, table tennis, Chinese sports are currently booming as promising markets. The actual hockey followed many strange subjects with mainland people like basketball, rugby, baseball … about approaching China.

NHL is currently watching the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 as a great opportunity to explode in the Chinese market, similar to what they did with Japan in 1998, 2006 in Italy or 2014 in Russia.

The difficulty will be huge for Bettman this time, because the current “sports” piece of Chinese sports is almost torn from the competition of many other subjects. With a new discipline like this, the process of preparing coaches and athletes will not be simple. In addition, the most important thing is to receive support from businesses, governments and even Chinese famous athletes.