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11-29-2012, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Gump Hasek View Post
It does complete the argument though. This is a business forum. The arbiter here should be exactly that.

Th suggestion to move a few more hockey teams to Canada, where a demonstrable and inherent level of built-in demand for NHL hockey exists, is pretty much a home run, and especially when that gain would come while at the same time removing other money losing locations. The net result is a financially stronger league.

I'm sort of on both sides here. In 2008 the Canadian dollar was at 80 cents US. Even still, the 6 Canadian teams pulled in very strong gate revenues of $40+ million per year.

But there have been some pretty large shifts in the industry of professional sports in the last few decades. It does seem that every 10-15 years or so you have to throw out the playbook because of how volatile it is.No one has a crystal ball here, not us and not even the wealthy, experienced, businessmen and owners behind the scenes.

Back in the 80's you probably wouldn't have believed that Winnipeg and Quebec would lose their teams. In the early 2000's, you probably would thought Pittsburgh and Chicago would have terrible attendance, and would never win the cup again. Things can change.

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