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11-15-2012, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by oilphan View Post
The Oilers nightmare is the Florida Marlins reality. Owner strong arms to get a publicly funded arena and promises to field a great team. The arena is built, and the owner trades away all of his expensive stars.
The Florida Marlins model won't work in the NHL unless Fehr wins the current CBA battle.

In MLB, there is no minimum team payroll and large revenue sharing. The MLB model encourages small market teams aggressively negotiate with local politicians for a favourable deal and then field a low payroll team. It almost doesn't matter if any fans show up for the game as the team is almost in the black before the opening night first pitch.

The NHL revenues are gate driven so teams will never show a profit unless they fill the stands. An interesting read is:

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