Sportsnet.ca's Brophy says Russian stars might be lured to KHL by tax free millions
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01-14-2010, 12:04 PM
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This is a HUGE assumption
Most European/Russian clubs are
to get 1/3 of the attendance that the NHL gets at drastically lower prices, you are probably talking 1/10 of the NHL's revenue on attendance,
if even that much.
I'd guesstimate 1/15-1/20 to be honest with you especially when you consider that the NHL has an 82 game season where each club plays 41 home games and that doesn't even go into playoffs.
So where's the rest of the money going to come from? TV deals won't be nearly as lucrative as soccer's because nobody in Western Europe cares plus if the NHL ever gets its **** together, they'll be making a lot more money on TV.
NHL will also have a huge merchandising advantage, so unless there's a bunch of Finnish/Swedish/Czech businessmen that are willing to lose tens of millions every year to try to stick it to the NHL, the talk of equivalent pay is not very realistic especially when you consider that Sweden/Finland pay higher taxes.
It's a huge assumption, if you're talking about starting a league in the near future. I'm not.
For a European Super League to work, they'll have to offer roughly equivalent pay to keep/draw European star players. There are a lot of logistic issues to sort out before a league like this could be competitive with the NHL... it may take 30 years, but I expect to see a European Super League down the road.
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