Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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12-05-2012, 10:03 AM
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Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Houston are all about Toronto's size and that makes Toronto a large city if located in U.S. but certainly well below New York, Los Angeles and even Chicago. Some fans especially in Canada don't realize that despite being Original 6 cities New York and Chicago have plenty of work to do to catch NFL,MLB and NBA in those markets and the NHL financial league benefits that go along with it.
Right. The only US city right now that's really "tapped out" in terms of hockey growth potential is probably Boston, they'll always fill the barn unless they have a specific major turn-off with ownership or management -- Boston fans are passionate, but have a vindictive streak -- but certainly any of the MAJOR city teams in America (which despite its own protestations, Boston IS NOT) have plenty of room to expand their penetration into their own cities.
Realistically the only NHL franchises that are making as money as they could make are probably some of the Canadian ones -- and even not really all of those.
That big media deal they're chasing would go a looooooong way to getting there. Most Americans decide to go to games based on what they like to watch on TV, not the other way around. More eyeballs on the screen means more butts in seats.
Unfortunately that depends HEAVILY on the southern expansion not being a mixed bag of niche teams. The league has to make sure those teams succeed by all means, and if that means that the league needs to wage a campaign to convince non-hockey fans that hockey is fun to watch, that's exactly what they need to do. And giving up on southern markets is exactly the wrong way to grow. A retreat to the north would be all about short term gain, and would hurt the league in the long run
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