NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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11-15-2012, 02:44 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Boston-Cambridge MA
The Florida Panthers have by far the smallest fanbase in the NHL. Last year they averaged 3,000 TV homes for televised games.
TV deals make or break an NHL franchise today.
A team in Quebec will have a strong French TV cable contract and most likely an English presence on Sportsnet from Montreal to Newfoundland.
The Leafs most likely would love a team in Markham as they would get the TV rights to the new team. ( This is not unlike the Rangers controlling the TV rights of the Devils and Islanders )
Markham is a lock because it will NOT hurt Buffalo. Hamilton would hurt the Sabres because it would be a less hassle option for fans in Niagara Township on the QEW corridor. ( border crossings are a pain in this post 911 world )
Nothing else in Canada will work in this cable TV world. Winnipeg is the same size as Buffalo and Providence. TSN can sell it to Manitoba and Saskatchewan but viewer numbers are limited.
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