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09-09-2004, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Brodeur
Basketball is a bit different, especially in terms of the sheer roster size. NBA generates more revenue and only has half the players that the NHL does.
Sheer roster size is correct. Not only does the NBA employ fewer players, a fair number of them(and correct me if I'm wrong, since I'm not exactly a basketball maven), the ones below 7 or 8 on the depth chart, don't play very much and get paid minimal salaries. By contrast, in hockey, generally the only player who stays on the bench is the backup goaltender. Adding a franchise in the NBA doesn't dilute the talent pool nearly as badly as adding a franchise in the NHL.

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