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12-07-2011, 11:42 AM
We don't need one!
Join Date: May 2010
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Does all of this still apply right now? Please correct me if I am wrong but Nashville and Chicago have fans coming to their games now. Florida fans are starting to show up since they are winning. Dallas and Columbus should attract more fans to the games and get higher TV ratings with the new realignment. Once the Islanders finally approve a new stadium they should be fine. I completely agree that Phoenix needs to move because even though they have a playoff team, the stadium is only filled to 62.3% capacity. What happens if they start playing terribly? Clearly, no one is interested in hockey in Phoenix. Move them to Quebec where they will thrive, case closed.
If Bettman's goal is to make hockey popular while making the most profit, then it's in the NHL's best interest to expand to as many markets as possible. Versus will be re-named to NBC Sports Network in a month and I believe there will be much more/better coverage of hockey on the network. This should lead to higher ratings. Kansas City has a brand new stadium to use and I could see either Vegas or Seattle building a new stadium for the NHL. Move Columbus to our division and you've got 4 equal divisions of 8 based on geographic locations:
Pacific: Seattle/Las Vegas
Central: Kansas City
The only downfall I see is the dilution of talent and winning the cup becomes harder. Other than that, I'm all for expansion.
Again, please correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the NHL making the most money it's ever made and has the highest ratings ever right now? If so, what's to stop the league from expanding?
While you make good points and yes as I noted the article is dated but I still think some of his points have relevancy considering we're not exactly in the best of economic times. Hockey of course is more of a niche market and caters to people of better means and that helps but just feel the NHL would do better to consolidate their gains as they are doing (realignment helps) rather than possibly dilute them. A team in Las Vegas would be utterly assanine and typical of what has been going own with the casino economy we have these days. Just my opinion. I like the NHL as is (even with realignment) and would like the league to ensure its sustainability...
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