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12-13-2012, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Plan The Parade View Post
So because we might fail, we should just restrict ourselves to aedequate profits and limited impact as a niche sport?

Sorry, you don't become rich with that line of thinking.
I didn't say anything of the sort. We are two decades on from this push to expand into non-traditional markets, yet the now has yielded a mixed bag and the future is murky.

One would think that after all this time, there would be some clarity. Yet, gains in TV revenue have been slow to come by (up until what would have been this year, the NHL was receiving virtually zip from American broadcasters) and often lag behind or mirror competitors (suggesting a rise in demand in sports broadcasting, period). There has seemingly been little effort to actually 'Grow the Game,' other than plunking down franchises and turning a blind eye. Has there been a reevaluation of the 1990's expansion? What worked, what didn't work? Usually when a business expands into uncharted territory, there are successes and there are failures. How come the league continues to refuse to acknowledge the failures?

Gary Bettman's tenure as NHL Commissioner has been nothing short of average and frankly, the NHL has needed better than that. Newspaper pundits are correct in arguing that the league has succeeded "in spite of itself."

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