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10-21-2012, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Killion View Post
The Minnesota Wild have absolutely no claim, zero proprietary rights over Houston. They have an AHL franchise parked there and they'll either stay put or more likely relocate (Austins nice )
There's an AHL team in Austin (Cedar Park) already.

Putting an NHL team in Houston is a no brainer. DAL-HOU as an NHL rivalry, and once the PDL expires, Houston signs on with San Antonio for an AHL affiliation for a Stars-Rampage AHL rivalry. Battle lines drawn across the state. Great for hockey.

Originally Posted by kdb209 View Post
Why would the existence of the Aeros (a tenant in the Toyota center) be somehow an insurmountable obstacle to an NHL team moving/expanding to Houston - assuming a satisfactory ownership/lease agreement were struck with Les Alexander?
I've never fully grasped Alexander's position. He's tried three times to get an NHL team; essentially has exclusive rights to an NHL team in Houston. Now that his financial situation is not as good as before, shouldn't he be MORE open to someone operating an NHL team in his arena? He should seek minority ownership in a Houston NHL franchise, solely because the Toyota Center will get more Arena Revenue from NHL hockey than AHL hockey.

Originally Posted by knorthern knight View Post
-- The Islanders die-hards
-- The Islanders are losing money, overall.
-- Yeah, Wang gets a honking big cable deal
-- but gets hammered by low gate.
-- There's no Islanders fans who aren't die hards. 20 years of sucking will do that.
-- Yep, cause we need a new arena.
-- Yeah, which offsets some of the loss of modern arena revenue.
--Don't forget the fewest suites in the league by HALF of what 29th place has!

Originally Posted by knorthern knight View Post
The only arena in site is Barclay's. To be viable the Islanders would have to...
  • be sold to the owner of Barclay's
  • charge Winnipeg-Jets-like ticket prices for the 2nd-fiddle NHL franchise in the area
Not really. While I am nervous about Barclays (I don't see it as a long term viable option and am worried we'd just be trading SMG for Ratner), Barclays craps on NVMC in modern amenities that bring in revenues.

With a new arena at the NVMC site that was built by the taxpayers or Wang, and the Islanders got all the revenues, the team would be a top 10 revenue team.

In Barclay's, with a decent lease, the Islanders wouldn't be a Top 10 revenue team, but we could be middle of the pack, or at worst, the "last of the middle class."

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