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09-27-2012, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post

A prolonged lockout won't do much to promote the growth of the game.

MLB was a $3.5B business in 1994/1995. Today its a $7B business. The NHL adds a 2nd team in the Toronto. Great Toronto Area. They will print money. A new building in Markham,Ontario is in the works.
The NHL can't afford another substantial lockout if that's the case. I know it's canada and they love their hockey but you are still going to lose fans. How are you going to develop fans for these new canadian teams? Especially in Ontario where most citizens are probably maple leafs fans. I think you've got to hope that you can pick up the youth as those new fans, but how are you going to do that when there's no hockey to watch now? You can't have a lockout every 7-8 years, it's pathetic.

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