STL Post Dispatch: Blues [players] get economics lesson
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11-20-2003, 03:13 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
I really don't see why you are wasting your time with these people. It's painfully obvious that some people lack an understanding of economics and fail to see the big picture.
- Your boy Tommy bases his entire argument on the fact that he feels that the Rangers should get whatever advantage it is that comes with being a NY team. How can you argue with something so ridiculous? You simply can't because he will never realize that if the Rangers continue to have this advantage that this league will not be able to support 30 teams. In may not be able to support 20 teams w/ the current system. BTW... yes, he is arguing in this thread that the Rangers don't have an advantage, but he has specfically told me in other threads that the Rangers deserve their advantage so it appears that he can't quite make his mind up.
- People keep pointing out that the Sens, Canucks, and Lightning are on their way to becoming (or already are) elite teams in this league. Yea... you're right. However, you fail to realize that it took 10 years of sucking to get to that point and the fans of those teams are ALREADY talking about who they're going to trade when these players hit their paydays. The point? Certain teams (call them rich, big, whatever you want) have the ability to keep their teams in tact. Under the current system, only a few have this ability, the others must manage flawlessly to have any hope at winning a Cup and that hope will only last for a couple season. Take the St. Louis Blues for example. Frankly, their management has been mediocre at best. Yet, they've still averaged over 100 points over the last 4 years and despite their lack of a Cup only 5 teams have more playoff victories since 1999.
- Contraction will fix nothing. All it will accomplish is taking the league out of more markets thus lowering the fan base, meaning lower ratings and in turn smaller TV deals. Are there a couple teams that could use
locations. Certainly. However, the $2B this league generates is plenty to support the number of teams that is currently in the league.
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