OT: KHL expands into the European Union
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07-05-2011, 04:28 PM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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The KHL can still do a lot of things to ensure revenue keeps pouring in: Increase ticket prices, decrease concession prices, just like in the Elitserien, have the players become skating billboards:
Hell, build arenas that can accommodate more spectators.
Again, growing pains. I mean, didn't the NHL have more teams in the NHL only to revert to a six team league? Even with league expansions, you still had a few teams getting the chop.
"Keep" revenue pouring in? Revenue has never poured into the KHL. If the league wasn't aligned with Putin's government and awash with oil money, it would have gone bankrupt years ago. It has never been profitable, and revenues have never been bountiful. And FWIW, many (most?) KHL teams do the ad thing...Traktor jumps out at me.
The KHL is not some sort of new league. It's a rebranding and 4-team expansion of the Russian Superleague, itself a rebranding of the Soviet League. When is it going to turn the corner? Since the Soviet Union fell, that league has been riddled with corruption, incompetence, substandard facilities and financial strife. When is it going to change? What structural changes has the KHL made to stabilize itself? Adding a team from Italy hardly addresses any of those issues.
Every year we have this discussion. Literally every offseason. Even before I posted on HF, there would be an article somewhere in some magazine or newspaper that claimed the Russian league was ready to make its move. And it never happens! And won't, until the league undergoes massive restructuring.
It's just pain.
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