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06-26-2012, 04:44 PM
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Slowe
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Originally Posted by Solushun View Post
Not to be rude, but I think that the ECHL does have some weak markets. One of them is the one I follow the most. I look for Wheeling to be out of the league in about three more years so one of the CHL teams could take its place.
Yeah I see what you're saying. I didn't meant to imply that all current ECHL teams are strong. Expanding geographically and adding large markets, could increase the travel of smaller, more financially strapped markets. But so far the ECHL has managed to put pretty good clusters together so travel doesn't appear to be too much of a concern.

Let's say the ECHL did add a Dallas area team, Tulsa, Wichita, and Kansas city as their own division. That could be stressful travel from some of the California teams depending on how they were scheduled or how often they played. But if I recall the attendance in those markets is pretty solid and they aren't something the ECHL could ignore. Worth the risk in my opinion.

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