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11-06-2012, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by massivegoonery View Post
The very existence of other teams, regardless of whether they make any money themselves, increases the revenue earned by the top teams.

It would be shortsighted for the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters to come out and say "the Washington Generals make no money on their own, they are a constant revenue drain on our club."
No, not true at all. Your example is true because there is only one Washington generals. The league would do just fine if they lost a few markets. Too many anyways, the average fan can't possibly know all the teams and players because they may only see them once a year. It's better to see a team a half dozen or more times per year.

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