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02-16-2011, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
Really, $300m is the price of a franchise?

Hard to see how they could make it work with that much up front investment. They'd have to use profits from the Canucks to subsidize the NBA team, which might impact the Canucks' flexibility in other ways. Think of the Ehrhoff trade - they could justify eating $1.7m in the minors because they're rolling in dough. With an NBA team siphoning off that extra dough, maybe that trade doesn't happen.

So a thumbs down from me. Maybe revisit in a few years after the Whitecaps have got things rolling a bit.
NBA TV Revenues: $930M annually until 2016 (TNT,ABC,ESPN)
NHL TV Revenues: ~$500M annually

Not just that, but a NBA-ready arena already exists with a solid anchor tenant in the Canucks. I can see why Aquilini is chasing this, it's basically like printing money.

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