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11-18-2003, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by discostu
The other big issue that is going to sink the team is disinterest in the league after a lockout. If a full season is lost, many teams will suffer drastic reduction in their fan-bases. Traditional hockey markets will be able to sustain it better, but they still will take a hit. If the lockout proceeds for a long time, many teams will be looking at several years of losses when they return trying to re-store their fan-bases. If the outlook is to gloomy, they may choose to fold-up shop in the middle of the lock-out.
Good point. Remember Vancouver after the last lockout? They played in front of half capacity crowds for a while if memory serves me correctly.

Still, if Ted Leonsis is really loosing 20 million a year then I still say he saves money. And, the fan base in Washington can't get much lower.

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