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12-13-2012, 03:22 AM
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Kimota
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Originally Posted by Plan The Parade View Post
The League decided to add 4 teams for the 1999 NHL season. In 1997, the Board of Governors listened to 9 cities bid for a team. Those cities were:

Nashville
Houston
Atlanta
St. Paul
Columbus
Oklahoma City
Hampton Roads
Raleigh
Hamilton

That seems fairly logical to me. And what are these "wrong reasons" you speak of?
To get a platform to get a tv deal. It was a fairly science-fiction by Bettman: put teams in the desert, in the south were there's no hockey tradition "because he needed teams everywhere to get a big tv contract". Not only it never worked, but to do crazy expansion like these and not even thinking about the talent pool and if there would be enough talent to fill those teams was stupid and irresponsible.

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