Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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11-30-2012, 09:51 PM
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I am not going to get into an argument over what markets don't deserve a team (I do enough of that on the Phoenix thread) but as long as QC, Hamilton, and Seattle are empty and the GTA only has one team contraction doesn't make sense. You also have KC, Portland, and Cleveland as second tier options since they have appropriate facilities that you can put a team in for a few years to give it a shot.
What does kc have besides an arena without a primary tenant ? If portland and Cleveland are in the same tier, this does not bode well.
And contrary to your desires, if a team that has been in existance for more than a decade and has never turned a cent in profit or whose profits are buoyed by local subsidies, I think discussions of whether that market deserves a team is the responsible question to ask, far more responsible than blindly throwing money at it hoping for a miraculous reversal of fortunes.
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