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11-14-2012, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
It's Bettman. He doesn't care about the fans. That's always bad news no matter what the sport. And the only fans I don't care for are the ones who think people who live south of St.Louis don't have any right to enjoy NHL hockey.
They have that right, they also have the responsibility to actually show up at the arenas.

No one doubts that there are great hockey fans in the south, fantastic fans. The problem is there is not enough of them in many cases. You think you can sustain a team with say 10 000 hard core fans and a whole bunch of people who dont care one way or another?

The question is whether this hypothetical number is going to increase, I think you could develop a market with this number initially but if after a decade this number is not higher ( or goes down) then what is the alternative ? Replace local support with rs dollars from markets where people actually care about the game?

The way some people act, you could run any new market into the ground with the worst orginizational skills and on ice product and if any one even questioned the viability of the market they must be have market vultures secretly hoping for the failure of new market teams. That as soon as a team is established, that team deserves to be there forever even if it is solely at the largess of big market money.

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