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11-14-2012, 12:01 PM
Up the Irons
Join Date: Mar 2008
Originally Posted by
Plan The Parade
Actually, Carolina, Atlanta, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, San Jose, Tampa Bay Phoenix and Florida all saw increases in attendance from the 03-04 season to the 05-06 season. The five "non-traditional" markets that saw decreases were Dallas, New Jersey, St. Louis, Washington and Columbus. Colorado and LA were stagnant.
So we have 9 that saw an increase, 5 that did not and 2 that were stagnant.
As for "traditional" markets, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo, Chicago and the Rangers all saw increases, while Edmonton and the Islanders decreased and Detroit and Vancouver remained static.
This most likely had to do with League wide increase in attendance from 03-04 to 05-06. Funny- the NHL attendance actually increased in the seasons between the lockout.
I'm not going to analyze these numbers (yet), but they suggest that you are wrong.
interesting. but the first lockout was seen as a necessity and a 'one-off'. if they solve it and never have a work stoppage again (or for at least 30 years) then the league will be fine.
but, shutting down your product every 7 years can't be good. a lengthy work stoppage is now, perhaps, the most predicable thing about the NHL. That, and the penalties being called for obstruction and holding softening in the playoffs.
if your brand is a joke, it can't be good.
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