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07-31-2012, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by leesmith View Post
Seattle would be a great market for the NHL. They've certainly been fantastic for MLS.
The problem with Seattle fans is that they're notoriously fair weather fans. There are really only two classes in Seattle - the very wealthy and the very poor; this is mainly due to the city not having many middle class jobs, and being dominated by large, high paying industries such as Boeing and Microsoft. The problem this creates is an interesting dynamic - most people are too poor to attend these events, and those who aren't, simply find something else to do if it isn't the hot or trendy option in town.

The question will be, should the Sounders have a few off years, what happens to them then? The Seahawks are an NFL team and seem to be the exception, but as the Mariners and Oklahoma City Thunder (Supersonics) will attest; once the wins stop coming, so do the fans. Heck, Safeco Field used to be nearly impossible to get into ... now they almost pay you to get in and watch the team flounder.

Seattle does have a nice base for hockey. They have two WHL teams (Seattle Thunderbirds, Everett Silvertips) in the general area, and both do fairly well, but not terrific. Maybe a little bit more mainstream option, such as an NHL team, would attract the wealthier class. Personally, I think Portland, Oregon, would be a much more attractive choice for an NHL team, as their city lacks many other options, plus has a deep hockey lifeblood.

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