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09-10-2004, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Scheme
Let's look at the Cup champions for the past 10 years:
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 New Jersey Devils
2002 Detroit Red Wings
2001 Colorado Avalanche
2000 New Jersey Devils
1999 Dallas Stars
1998 Detroit Red Wings
1997 Detroit Red Wings
1996 Colorado Avalanche
1995 New Jersey Devils
1994 New York Rangers

I think the point here is that everyone knows that a big budget doesn't equal success - just look at Toronto and New York. But everyone also knows that all other things being equal, a big budget gives you a big advantage.
And worst of all most of these so-called big makets are losing money and made this problem. Toronto reportedly makes a profit. The NY Post and Washington Post reported the Rangers lose millions and have for years, so do the Blackhawks, Blues and Kings, Wings, Flyers and Stars.

Lot's of big markets on paper only.

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