Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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11-30-2012, 08:37 AM
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“You’ve got to get rid of some of these teams with so little public support that can’t exist without subsidies from the rest of the league,”
New hockey fans don't appear out of thin air. You can easily tap out every 'hockey city' capable of supporting an NHL team sans revenue sharing and have a 10 or 15 team league. That's not what the business is about. You take the strengths of the big markets, use it to help smaller markets and in the end everyone wins. It's the whole 'growing the game' argument that people like to ignore.
The NFL helps subsidize a few markets, and they're pretty damn successful. You can make a solid argument for
revenue sharing and help for the poor teams.
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