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12-31-2012, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by TheFinnishKulemin View Post
He's not really wrong on what the tournament is. Yeah its about winning but its also all the things he said. Patriotism is huge, just like the olympics. That's one of the reasons guys want to win so badly.

And its totally about finances and marketing. It helps whoever is hosting it , not only for the monetary value of hosting it (short term tourism type benefits) but also for raising awareness about said city/country. Add in sponsors and you have more financial reasons for the tourney.

Plus it easily adds marketing elements for players. Look to eberle for a perfect example of it.
Players want to win because that's all they know. They are professional athletes and are self-interested.

Ridiculous to think players play in this tournament, get stitched up on the bench, and want to score goals because it puts more money in the pockets of Pepsi Cola.

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