CBA Thread, Daniel Bryan Edition: The lockout is (tentatively) over!
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12-13-2012, 12:12 PM
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I see it from canadian folks with the hostility towards southern and western markets but you'd think a Penguins fan with how close this team came to relocating due to failure to fill the building and make money would at least have a little understanding that excitement and winning fills buildings and makes money, not simply just having a hockey team.
Those southern and western markets are the only thing that is ever going to bring the NHL into any sort of relevancy in the sports world. Those markets bring revenue now into the league with their increased tv deal due to the markets they're in. And also down the road lead to huge gains in future revenues that take decades to develop but have much larger financial windfalls.
Another issue is athletes, even up north a very athletic individual will be pressured to play a lot of different sports. Mostly though they tend to go with Football or Basketball and abandon the other sports, some do baseball too as that has lost a lot of footing in america in recent decades. Hockey is an afterthought, the best athletes in America are simply not playing Hockey and it's largely due to the potential money vs the other big sports and the national acceptance of the sport in general. Having the sport be a northern/canadian only sport only further puts the sport into a niche category and makes for even less Americans playing the sport.
Shady Machine as well.
Im not sure why the "damn you southern markets" sentiment should pop up here. Its not like owners wouldnt still be crying thier broke even taking some of them away. Unless you want a league made up of the original 6, 12 canadian teams and a few other american squads. Until those american teams go down the toilet and thier fans spend a little more money on NFL, NBA, MLS while they rebuild. Then what? League has to grow to be strong enough for markets to survive the ebbs n flows. Lots of other things for americans to spend money on.
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