Quebec City Part VII: Si J'avais les ailes d'un ange
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11-10-2012, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by
No Fun Shogun
Again, you're probably right. Quebec City is probably a good, safe choice for the NHL. But dismissing Houston while praising Quebec City is nonsensical, as both have their positives and negatives attached to them. Houston has less of a hockey culture and smaller proportion of fans of the sport than Quebec City, but it's also got a deeply entrenched and proven sports culture all around, has a huge number of people, and is a centerpiece of a major number of prominent corporations and access to huge amounts of corporate dollars beyond anything that Quebec City could expect in terms of numbers.
But people said this about Phoenix and Atlanta too that you're saying about Houton.
Uh... yeah, it's a massive untapped market because of it's size. Not really rocket science to say that. If a Houston NHL team were even remotely popular as a fringe sport down there, it'd likely bring in the type of revenue that Dallas had initially as well.
It's a massive untapped market because there's a lot of people? That's it? What does this have to do with hockey though? Example abounds showing that going to a place with a lot of people doesn't mean they're gonna be interested. Especially in the south. It would be a huge risk.
And what are you talking about in regards to Dallas? Fans stopped showing up because ownership screwed the pooch and the team stopped being competitive. From 2000 to 2009, Dallas was in the top half of the league in attendance, including several years in the top ten, and oftentimes above what several Canadian teams and more established northern American teams drew. It was only since 2009 that they've fallen off the deep end, and that coincided with the ownership ticking everyone off and the team being marked by mediocrity more than anything else.
First the attendance results given by the league are also questionable. There's been times in recent years that they said they certain numbers in certain places and you watch games on tv especially in Florida and New Jersey where it has been nowhere close than that.
And you're saying it took only three years to kill the crowd completly because of ownership issues? Ownership that ultimately never affected the team on the ice?
If the Stars stay down where they are now regardless of what they do, then you might have a point. Until then though, we're just witnessing a team during it's down times, and plenty of non-Southern teams have had similar dry spells that are conveniently ignored once they return to relevancy.
Everybody has dry spells but the attendances of recent years feels worse than that. They had nobody in there last year even though they were fighting for a playoff spot. Most of the time if this dry place continues as worse as this we've seen teams going away like Minnesota for instance. The league endured and then they could not anymore. And it's hard to not connect Dallas with the rest of the Southern teams.
That being said, I hope they got out of that funk, and hope it's just a dry spell because it would be bad for the league if they do not succeed in Dallas.
In my opinion what's happening in Dallas has to do with the bad US economy and the fans will be back at some point.
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