NHL's partnership with women's hockey?
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03-30-2010, 01:52 AM
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If it made business sense to have a women's pro hockey league it would happen by itself. I don't want to see a male pro league subsidizing a women's league.
Unfortunately the ABL vs WNBA showed otherwise.
The ABL which did it "right" and tried to grow an independent league failed.
The WNBA which was basically an appendage of the NBA has "thrived" (relatively speaking). Originally, all teams were affiliated with and owned by an NBA team and played in that teams arena. Over time 8 of 12 teas were sold to third party independent owners. Three teams now are in non-NBA markets - two moved, one had their NBA franchise move (Seattle).
For a "WNHL" to have any chance of success (in the US at least) there would have to be a partnership with the NHL - similar to the start of the WNBA - affiliating with NHL teams, but not using their names/logos.
An unaffiliated Women's league could maybe survive in Canada - although the current incarnation the, Canadian Womens Hockey League (CWHL), is a non profit that relies on donations and corporate support.
edit: Small is not the only Olympian interested in developing a pro league.
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