Thread: Expand the DUB!
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10-25-2004, 12:02 PM
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saskhab
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The only reason the Blades aren't fully supported is because of where the Credit Union Centre (still tough to say that) is located... It's half way to North Battleford for Christ's sake! Besides, attendance is up this year and didn't go down last year, despite the team only winning 7 games. The worst of the attendance troubles is over.

Moose Jaw and Swift Current are community owned. There is little financial gain for people to sell those teams. Edmonton had a $5m offer on the table for any team that wanted to re-locate, thinking a team like Swift Current would bite. They didn't, there was little incentive to do so.

Swift is a tough market, but I think it'd be a terrible idea for the league to abandon the small centres like that.

Back to Saskatoon, I can't see AHL being any more successful than the WHL out of the CUC. Terrible city planning is making it tough to grow the fanbase of a team that has a lot of history in the city. And Saskatoon has consistently not supported pro sports teams.

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