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12-10-2012, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Bosswally View Post
If you look at the "successful" southern markets like Nashville and Tampa, their sucess has been recent but it took 10 years of struggling to get there, but what if instead of a NHL team struggling there they had put an AHL team there to help grow the hockey market so you instantly have an established local fan base
Nashville and the Tampa area had minor league teams as far back as the 1960s and 70s. In most cases, they were held back by the size of available facilities.

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