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11-24-2012, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun View Post
And, in the NHL's mind, it's probably Seattle > Quebec City > Houston > Kansas City > Portland (#1 if Paul Allen's involved) > Hamilton > Markham, so it's a moot point regardless.
could be, who knows what the braintrust at HQ is thinking. im wondering if bettman et al. have actually done a real comparative cost benefit analysis of this sort of thing and ranked markets. gates? tv? merch? sucker councils? yessir suitors? venues? there were some economic analyses done by the league and balsillie and presented during phoenix BK if i recall which both clearly demonstrated significant money was being left on the table in hamilton and differed only in the amount. so, are these other markets worth more than the hammer? surely if the owners are willing to lose tens, maybe hundreds, of millions during a poisoned lockout, they would presumably have a big-picture reason for similarly ignoring hamilton these past few years. is assuaging gary's hurt feelings worth forfeiting hamilton? ... and quebec? ... and winnipeg until last year? if these cashcow cities were south of 49 would they have been left at the alter for this long? or maybe its a complex revenue algorith too sophisticated for us rubes to understand? or maybe a few shakes of the magic eight ball? fortune cookies? chickens on a twister sheet? really, what is driving these contradictoray, puzzling and seemingly self-defeating decisions?

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