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12-12-2012, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
Not for anything but on academic vs athletic debate that's going on. If a kid sacrificies MAJOR parts of his education for a false hope, then he's just stupid, it has nothing to do with time.
And if a billionaire sacrifices a MAJOR part of his portfolio to invest in the Phoenix Coyotes, a false hope, then he's just stupid, it has nothing to do with money :-)

Bottom line is that there are many ingredients to make the NHL successful in newer markets. You do need someone at the top to have the business connections to make sure the team is on TV, in the newspaper, sells box suites, can hire the right management, etc. Those are risks which is successful can lead to a better league.

You ALSO need a deep labor pool. The labor pool necessary to do specialized labor isn't something that's spontaneously created for free in background without anyone taking risks or making investments, though I realize our governments and media tell us that this is the case in every industry.

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