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11-07-2012, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by crazycanuck View Post
Not saying it's great or good, but it's not horrible. It's average and to say it's anything but that isn't being objective. I would say there is a lot of fans who aren't going to spend their money on AHL or Jr hockey when they have the choice to spend it on NHL hockey because those leagues aren't top level hockey. If you aren't the Leafs (or another NHL team, assuming the NHL moves one), then you have to make a huge effort to bring in customers just like every other minor sports team.
Originally Posted by TieClark View Post
In 2010/2011:

So yeah... like basically every other team in the OHL a team in 1st place brings in good numbers and a team in last place doesn't.

And as for the Marlies.. yeah I'd say 14th is pretty good for a tier 2 hockey league in the same city as a professional hockey, baseball, basketball, football and soccer teams.
From the article in the OP:

Toronto still has the American League Marlies, but they have rarely been in the league’s top half in attendance numbers and only saw a spike last spring when the team advanced to the final. The effect of that playoff run lingers, but even as the NHL locks out the Maple Leafs, the Marlies are 10th in attendance through four home games, well behind another big NHL market in Chicago.

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