Miscellaneous NHL Discussion including Fantasy Talk, #5
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10-31-2010, 04:08 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Yeah, being unsure of the team's future must really hurt the season ticket sales, Phoenix has a reputation for being a bad sports town in general (similar to Atlanta), the arena is in a bad location with a horrible lease, and then there's this:
The first four years of their franchise they never got more then 90 points and lost in the first round each year. After that, in the nine NHL seasons that followed, they've only made the playoffs twice and lost in the first round each time. They've never won the division and last year was the first year that they had a 100 point season and also the first year in the last six or seven seasons that they made the playoffs.
Answer this honestly, do you really expect any new fan-base (meaning, with no hockey roots in place) to have a strong fan-base with all of that going against it? This is even forgetting their arena, relocation, and Wayne Gretzky issues.
People really don't seem to have
patience at all when it comes to Phoenix and other new markets. This is a long-term plan to instill hockey roots where there were previously none. That takes a long ****ing time. Like Jester said, anyone who was born when the Sharks started would be 18 now. It's going to take a while for that fan-base to build up.
It just boggles my mind that people don't see to get all of that.
As soon as attendance issues are spotted people scream "move them to Canada". Good thing we didn't end up doing that with Pittsburgh or Chicago though.
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