THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-11-2012, 11:46 PM
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Lol you're GM blew two 1st round picks on "some teens" that are playing down the street from you. HOCKEY fans would probably care about that and want to go check it out. A fan of a team, not so much.
The Habs have 2 draft picks in the OHL. One just happens to be the 3rd overall pick from last year's draft AND, coincidentally, he played in Brampton 2 weekends ago. But hey, why bother with the inconvenience of taking a 45 min drive and dropping a whopping $15 to watch him play.
And what are you saving your money for these past few months exactly??
The arrogance of this post makes it very obvious that the poster is not from, nor has he ever travelled extensively in the GTA.
1. There are 4 OHL teams in the GTA, two in the west (Mississauga, Brampton), one in the north (Barrie) and one in the east (Oshawa). Torontonians are not the primary target market for these teams, but are instead a secondary or tertiary target market. These teams are generally supported by there own cities/regions as Torontonians don't often travel to the suburbs/neighbouring cities.
2. Clearly you've never had to drive in the west-end of Toronto. Nobody in the right mind from outside of that area is going to drive in the backed up traffic for 45 minutes+ to watch junior hockey when there are two professional teams and a number of junior A teams located within the city.
3. Many Torontonians (especially those who live downtown) don't drive or own cars. They take public transit or ride bicycles to get to where they need to be and don't often need to leave the city.
4. OHL games are broadcasted on the local Rogers channel (show your local/closest team) and many Toronto hockey fans will watch this at home, at the bar or online.
5. Why on earth would Torontonians spend all of that time in traffic to specifically watch a Habs prospect? Mississauga and Oshawa (both have Toronto prospects) get very good attendance and a lot of people watch their games on TV.
6. There are a ton of other things that Torontonians have to do, sports-wise and just in general that are more convenient and entertaining than travelling to Brampton or Oshawa to watch junior hockey. NHL, AHL, NBA, CFL, MLS, NLL, etc. are all more attractive and convenient options than travelling so far out of the city.
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