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12-24-2010, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by silvercanuck View Post
no it didn't. the Leafs just arrogantly claimed it as their own.

The NHL has always had clearly defined territorial rights and they do not include provinces thousands of miles away.

If the league needs to move a struggling franchise and wants to sell tickets they'll look at Southern Ontario. There are plenty of candidates in desperate need.

They may also want to look at TV ratings because the Leafs - despite having no competition in their market - do not have the same penetration and hold on younger demographics like some other teams do. The Leafs numbers though very very good are largely reflective of the size of their market and their traditional fans. In terms of attracting new fans the Leafs aren't really doing a great job and there is definitely room for more competition.

Case in point in terms of ratings is the Canucks. They have regional numbers that are not far off from the Leafs despite a population that is 4 or 5 times smaller. If the Leafs go another decade with a team like this they could very well be forgotten by new generations that didn't grow up with them.
Sure, whatever you claim. The fact is that Vancouver was predominatly Leafs fans until the Canucks came along.

Selling tickets is a completely outdated business model, today it's all about media rights contracts and advertisers. The NHL needs to grow the game, and putting another team in Hamilton does nothing to accomplish that. There is no evidence to suggest that the Leafs aren't caputuring a younger audience, and that even if they are, it's nothing that can't be entirely attributed to a losing team. Rule #1 in making franchise decisions... you factor out on-ice sucess, because it will come & go uncontrollably.

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