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11-06-2012, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Gump Hasek View Post
Winnipeg's attendance back then sans the lame duck season was basically akin to the league averages at that time. The key difference of course between Winnipeg at that time and markets like Columbus today is that Columbus remains a money pit after receiving many millions annually of league welfare. There was no revenue sharing available to Winnipeg at that time.

The two situations are not at all analogous and as such your post doesn't exactly embolden whatever point it was that you were trying to make.
Columbus isn't a major issue in the NHL. There's other teams right around them (~80m) in revenue (Colorado and St Louis being 2 of them, and Forbes says Colorado posted a profit). Phoenix and NYI are issues (NYI is arena related). The issue is that 80m isn't enough to compete with Toronto and the other big boys. Give Columbus some competent management (something they've never really had), and some time and success and they'll manage as well as the other teams in their revenue bracket.

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