NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-24-2012, 12:34 PM
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So to put that same sentiment another way, you'd have no problem with completely trampling someone else's rights just because they haven't used them recently?
Exclusivity is exclusivity. If the Sabres aren't taking proper advantage of their rights that's a mistake on their part, but it absolutely does not give anyone else the right to take those rights away.
Your misinterpreting the argument at hand. The Sabres absolutely have the right to demand territorial compensation from a team in Hamilton (fair or not, most in the region will say the latter); the NHL has made that much clear.
The question is whether, in addition (or in lieu) of that, they should also be entitled to a portion of Hamilton's TV revenue in perpetuity. There is absolutely no precedent for such a demand in the NHL and little in elsewhere in the Big 4 sports.
One notable exception to that is between the Nationals and Orioles of the MLB. However, as I argued in my last post, it was a very different situation than what a team entering Hamilton would be facing. The Orioles had long broadcasted in the District of Columbia and had a stranglehold on the market. A team in Washington was clearly going to take a large cut of their TV revenue, hence the need to work out an agreement on that. Conversely, Buffalo has not been broadcasting in Southern Ontario for over a decade and have only done so sporadically in their 42-year history.
When the Rangers don't get a portion of the Islanders and Devils TV revenue and the Kings don't get a portion of the Ducks' despite both teams actually broadcasting in those areas before the arrival of their competitors, what makes you think the Sabres would have any leg to stand on in making such a demand?
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