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10-01-2003, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Milbury
I disagree. In my experience, fans come to watch a winner than leave when things get bad. Out here in Los Angeles, that has clearly happened (and LA is, like Nashville, a non-hockey town). Kings were the hottest ticket in town when Gretzky was here. Now, the Kings are not even on the radar for many sports fans. They have a large enough following to sustain themselves only because of the huge population base out here.

I think the Preds will continue to draw OK. But, they'll never be a hot ticket in Nashville, unless the team turns into contenders (which could happen given some of Poile's shrewd moves).

I'll say this, can you recall a non-hockey market that has built itself a considerable fanbase without winning? Not that it can't be done, rather, it won't be done. Let the Preds win, then 40 years later, Nashville is no longer a non-hockey market. It takes lots and lots of time though.

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