Metro Seattle: NHL, NBA and Arena - Part II
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01-31-2012, 10:25 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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To be fair, Seattle arguably has better potential than Columbus due mainly to the larger corporate sector. On the other hand, Columbus only has the NHL and Seattle would have all 4 "major sports" if the NBA returned also.
Seattle would also benefit a little by its proximity to Canada. Canadians would show up for games.
However, I agree with you. The NHL is not big in Seattle at all. To give you one example, I know the local NBC affiliate has in the past not shown NHL games if there was something more popular they could televise. Proximity to Canada and the existence of a few WHL teams in the area does not make Seattle a hockey city.
I can't agree with Seattle having a better potential to support an NHL team than Columbus. For that matter though, Columbus is only now having difficulties because of such a long stretch of on-ice futility. If Seattle were to endure a similar on-ice fate with an NHL team there, then it could turn out just as problematic. But there aren't a lot of cities currently in the League that wouldn't encounter the same problem if under the same conditions.
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