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11-13-2012, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by KevFu View Post
This is an old, tired and re-hashed discussion.
#1 - The lengths the league has gone to to save franchises has a common denominator that has nothing to do with country (or geography). It has to do with TIME and ARENA BUILDING.

#2 - The appeal of the "larger markets with the potential" had nothing to do with the NHL or Gary Bettman. It had everything to do with the NEW OWNER who was looking to buy the team.
This isnt a canada vs the US thread ( god knows that there are enough of those) but to argue that losing a team in a non traditional market ( like the spos or the Griz) is not a PR failure of epic proportions. MLB and the NBA decided that those two markets could not support the teams that were there. No one shed a tear when Atlanta all but washed their hands of the Thrashers and they move back to the PEG. How is it okay that the owners of the thrashers walking away from the team is not a PR disaster, but the inability to find a buyer for the yotes or the fiasco that is developing in columbus is something to be avoided at all costs ?

The yotes are an embarassment not because the market cannot support a team but because the NHL itself couldn't make a go of it even after extorting the CoG with that ridiculous arena management subsidy.

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