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Thrashers sale completed clearing way for move to Winnipeg
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05-31-2011, 05:44 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: NYC > Atlanta
As a NYer in ATL this really sux...no NHL for me and more importantly my 4 year old who got to high five some NYRs at the last game in ATL...and was really getting into the game. I guess it's Gladiator games for us.
But, I really wonder why non-Canadians are so happy about this move. All is does is make the sport that you love even less relevant in the USA.
I would have been a little less upset if they went to KC, LV or Portland or somewhere where there is a chance to grow the sport.
Hey Atlanta sucks as a NHL market fine, but moving teams out of big US markets with growth potential and putting them in much smaller Canadian markets - where the sport is already hugely popular with very little potential for overall growth, doesn't really help the league grow IMO.
People who want ESPN back, good luck with that too. The NHL just lost a top 10 US market. Why would ESPN want the NHL when there are even less US teams and has even less local interest within their tv universe? The answer is that they won't.
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