Can professional hockey work in Columbus?
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11-04-2011, 12:41 PM
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The Red Wings giving away free seats was 30 years ago.
By any reasonable set of standards, a successful sports franchise should either win or make money. It's been 11 years and the Jackets have done neither.
Yes, when they sucked.
We suck now, so we give away seats now.
See how it works?
Also, you are correct, a successful sports franchise is one that...succeeds. But that doesn't mean that a franchise that is a failure is a result of a market failure. This is the mistake people constantly make with Phoenix, for example. Did the fans that there were in Phoenix decide to move the team across town where there wasn't a fanbase and outside of the population center? Did they put a non-competitive team on ice for a decade? Are fans to blame for not wanting to see 10 plus years of losing or is that to be expected. Etc. Etc.
I don't see how Columbus' poor management has anything to do with Columbus as a market.
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