TMZ- Beware NHL fans ... Rick Fox says your sport will be overtaken ... by nerds ... 'cause the "League of Legends" team owner thinks eSports is primed to take hockey's place as the fourth major sport in the U.S. in just TWO YEARS!
We got Rick out at LAX when we asked about the HUGE move in the video game world last week ... when Shaq and Alex Rodriguez announced they bought into eSports franchises. Basically we wanted to know ... how big can this thing get?
As big as the NHL according to Rick ... and really soon ... saying in short, in two years eSports can rival the ice riders as the next sport behind the big three.
I try to stay out of these cross-sport battles. Partly because I am a fan of all sports equally, but mostly because generally hockey fans are the most politically correct, sensitive, jealous, and petty fans on the planet and it's absolutely painful to associate with them. Seriously, they have an inferiority complex that would make your underdeveloped high school girlfriend's head spin. With that said, if you tell me that hockey is going to be challenged in the sports world by something that requires ZERO athletic ability then I have no choice but to speak up. So kiss my black ass Rick Fox, and I feel comfortable saying that because his ass is just as black as mine.
I know eSports is growing rapidly. I know it's becoming quite the phenomenon. However, you can't possibly watch a Stanley Cup Playoff game and tell me a bunch of gamers sitting on a stage button mashing is going to be more popular than - unquestionably - the most entertaining postseason in professional sports. Not in two years, and not in ten years. I am not even saying it won't - at one point - become bigger than the NHL. I am saying that I better be rotting in the ground by the time that becomes a genuine concern.
If eSports is gungho on trying to fulfill some societal demand for watching people stand in place and play with themselves then Major League Baseball has far more to worry about than the National Hockey League. Not only does hockey have an extremely loyal following, but it has an extremely loyal following that will not hesitate to hate any other form of entertainment purely out of spite. So you can scratch them from the list of people tuning into eSports, because hockey fans will swear off video games completely if it means saving it's precious little baby's rightful place among the four major sports. They already think that literally every other type of athlete is a big fat pussy, just wait until you see what they have to say about gamers...
(I do not endorse this incredibly insecure message.)