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05-26-2011, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by coolasprICE View Post
so which other U.S markets would be more profitable than Winnipeg?

Seattle?
Portland?
Vegas?
Houston?
Uuutaaah???
What it comes down to is: Sure, those markets are much larger, but the percentage of fans actually interested in the game is extremely low in comparison to Winnipeg/Canada.

Seattle still needs to build an arena, to me this is a logical destination in the future for the NHL. It's proximity to Canada and the potential rivalry with the Californian teams and Vancouver is definitely of interest.

The NHL should do more to grow the game down there, support minor hockey programs and promote promote promote. It's the only way they'll get into the niche, and even then... It can often take generations to break into a market that isn't interested, how many of us are into the game of hockey because either our Father/Family or Friends we're? There is correlation there.. It takes a long time to grow interest in a non-traditional sport. Americans (especially southern) will always look at Football (NFL, NCAA), MLB, NBA, Nascar before hockey. It's tradition.

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