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05-30-2008, 02:22 PM
Mont Royale
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Originally Posted by Atwater Ghost View Post
6 out of 30 teams accounts for 31%. Tell me why again that Bettman is blocking moves & expansion here...

Not sure if this is completely correct, but here's a theory: Without Canadian teams, the article says league revenues are increasing only 2%. More Canadian teams would mean more league-wide revenue, causing a salary cap increase of, say, 5-10% (as we've seen the last few years as the Cdn dollar appreciated). So, the majority of owners (the ones in the U.S.) are only growing revenue 2%, but can expect a much greater increase in costs by accepting Canadian teams. The Canadian owners either don't care about more Canadian teams, or are against it if one will be in their territory (Leafs). Bettman is taking his orders from the majority of owners.

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