Judging by the recent NBC tv deal for the EPL games, I have a hard time believing hockey is that far ahead of soccer, or even ahead at all. Here are some comparisons.... $83 million per year for the EPL tv rights. $200 million per year for the NHL tv rights While the NHL tv deal is a little more than twice as big, you also have to take into account the following factors... 1. EPL games usually air early in the morning. NHL airs in prime time. What if it was the other way around? 2. EPL doesn't have playoffs. And the biggest games for the EPL are usually aired on cable. 3. Hockey has considerable more commercial time than soccer games. Soccer is also followed by a younger demographic and is not as regional as hockey. And this only takes into account the EPL. Soccer also has millions of people who follow international soccer (USMNT, world cup, etc...). Some follow other Euro leagues, Mexican league, MLS, etc...You have multiple soccer events that either rival or exceed the Stanley cup in tv ratings (World cup, Euro, Champions league, etc...). The key word here is soccer. Obviously the NHL is worth a lot more than MLS, but is hockey worth more than soccer in this country?