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02-10-2005, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Leaf Army

Okay, same reason the the Raptors and Blue Jays are small market teams.

Yes they are.

You're just looking at the hockey side of things. I'm talking about managed from a business standpoint. And yes, often they can be related, but they're not the same thing.

The Rangers are obviously in a great market, but they've also got great ownership. The owners of the team also own the cable network which broadcasts their games. That's a good situation to be in.
It doesn't matter how well managed 80% of the teams are, they will never have the revenue that the Rangers have. On the other had it doesn't matter how poorly managed the Rangers are they will still be raking in tons of money. That's your problem there.

The Leafs wouldn't have nearly the revenues they do now if Ballard still owned the team. Not even close.

The owners of the Leafs have turned them into a huge entertainment corporation. They've got a great new arena, they've got their own television network, they ice a competitive team that fans can actually get excited about, their games are actually shown on TV (unlike Chicago's) etc...

Times change. Change occurs in all industries. These are the types of things owners are going to have to do to keep up if they want to move the game forward.

Owners like Jacobs and Wirtz want to kick back and wish for a time machine to take them back to 1975. Won't happen.
Again, it isn't about those two, it's about most of the teams in the league.
I've already listed reasons why teams like he Oilers and Flames have unique problems that need to be dealt with seperately from a new CBA.
I saw your reasons, in the end they are in the same boat as the rest of the teams that need a new CBA.
To repeat myself: Rangers on one side, Oilers on the other.
No different than you and Bettman trying to portray it as only about Edmonton and Calgary.

I choose Chicago and Boston because both of their owners are part of that "Group of 8" and they're a perfect example of what I'm talking about.
I guess you don't know that this "Group of 8" was made up by a columnist. He also labeled teams like the Kings, Stars, and Red Wings as teams that don't want cost certainty when they have come out and said that they do.

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