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12-17-2012, 01:13 PM
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Solid counterpoints Chancellor. I can't say I disagree with you completely. I want the game to grow and I think the NHL has a responsibility, and a financial benefit, to expanding into non traditional markets. That said, the financial bottom line is important and re-location may be necessary. I'm not sure I understand the league's love affair with staying in Phoenix as opposed to Atlanta, but it is what it is.

Personally, I fee like tapping into a market like Seattle would both be beneficial for growing the game and adding new fans as well as limiting financial losses. That's a safer investment to me. I also don't think contraction is necessary. If there are totally failing markets, there are several safe bets that would be a better option than contracting.

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