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10-07-2012, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Rickety Cricket View Post
I had a similar thought the other day. If the lockout is an extended one, it could really hurt the Sharks when/if they come back.

People like us (people on the board) will probably always watch the Sharks. We'll probably still attend games and still buy merchandise. However, a decent chunk of revenue for the Sharks and the league is driven by the casual fan. The people who you know that all of a sudden like hockey because there is a team doing well.

I think one of the reasons the Sharks have seen such an increase in popularity is because when they came back the Niners, Raiders, A's and Giants were terrible and really continued to be terrible until about a couple of years ago for the Giants (last year for the Niners and this year for the A's).

If they come back after an extended break (a year), they will be coming back to an area with three good teams and one with a mega-stadium almost built.
Exactly...and if somehow, someway, the Warriors have a decent season it would really hurt the Sharks too. (Don't forget the Warriors being terrible during the last lockout too, and most seasons in the past two decades).

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