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12-21-2012, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
I resent it being considered "indisputable" that the southern expansion failed. Unless you count Columbus as a Sunbelt team (Ohio? Seriously?) the only Southern team currently in any imminent danger is Phoenix. The others are a bit rocky, but are in no serious danger of being unable to operate in the near future. They're basically what a league trying to open a new market by expanding into it looks like. Given enough time to warm up to the idea I'm convinced the South will eventually embrace hockey at least as one sport among many and a good sport to come watch when football's not on.
Certainly Nashville has been slowly growing as a hockey market. Tampa really hasn't shown any strong signs of being in struggling mode. Florida has somehow survived through years of impotence on-ice. Dallas has had some recent setbacks, but it hasn't been a long-term problem there. Carolina has had both ups and downs. Los Angeles has been around for over 40 years now. Anaheim hasn't been noted for having multiple Seasons of economic problems. So you're right... Where is all of this southern failure?

And even Atlanta had owners who really just didn't care and allowed the franchise to wither until finally they had enough of an argument of the franchise struggling to support their selling the team off to relocation.

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