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10-25-2012, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ichabod13 View Post
how do you figure that?
they currently play in pretty much the middle of nowhere and dont qualify for revenue sharing.
they announce that theyll be moving closer to ( if not thee, then on of ) the most heavily populated areas on the entire planet, and all the sudden they will qualify for revenue sharing?
Nassau & Suffolk Counties alone would be the #18 market, bigger than 10 current NHL markets including Vancouver.

But that doesn't matter:
1. The Islanders have always been "in the New York Metro Area" in the NHL's eyes.

2. Everyone anticipates the NHL's revenue sharing exclusion for markets with more than 2 million households to be eliminated.

3. The only reason that exclusion existed was to keep Chicago from getting revenue sharing, which they "qualified for" because their owner refused to sell TV rights to home games. He's dead, all 82 games are on TV, and there's no reason for the rule anymore.

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