Coyotes potentially returning to Winnipeg?!
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10-15-2010, 09:22 AM
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The issue with Winnipeg was not so much the filling of the place. The issue was primarily corporate dollars, 2) TV marketability and 3) lack of ability to create money outside of gate receipts. I don't think any of those issues have been resolved. Winnipeg is fine from a hockey purist point of view, true hockey town that will fill the stadium. It does not make much sense from the corporate and economic point of view, which is why the article said the NHL was not keen on returning there.
Phoenix has been a failure - but that does not mean that Winnipeg makes sense to those who want the game to grow economically long term.
In terms of being able to sustain hockey operations, pay the players, employees, property taxes, they will achieve this just on gate revenue alone.
Now, with the introduction of a new team is new merchandise, which is new money coming in pumping up revenue.
The Winnipeg "Coyotes" will never be a powerhouse financially speaking, but they certainly will have the potential to survive and compete (and likely make a few dollars too)... Which is more than what you can say for about half the league.
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