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10-07-2012, 12:38 PM
Era of Sanity
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Well as a fan I don't get annoyed with money making or money losing teams per se, I just want to watch hockey.

On the subject though, Bettman went to all of the south markets to get more national interest and land that big US tv deal which is what fuels profitability for sports. That deal never happened as there isn't enough US national interest in the sport to date and tv deals are restricted to large regional markets like New York and Philly. So for the most part the NHL is a gate driven league. That puts a premium gate revenue. In this thread attendance figures are being thrown around like they are all created equal. They aren't. Go to a game in Phoenix, go to a game in Toronto and see if the price is comparable. The big popular markets command much more money based on supply demand and thus the gap in revenue is exponentially wider than counting all attendance as the same.

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