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01-04-2013, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
With Phoenix, the Winnipeg Jets were purchased by an ownership group that wanted to move them to Phoenix. Atlanta was an expansion team that was bid for. You see, hockey teams have to have owners. And the owners choose the locations. The NHL doesn't say "We're relocating the Panthers" and tell the Panthers owners to deal with it.
This fact gets glossed over way too easily around here.

Phoenix has a team because once upon a time a man bought a NHL franchise and put them there. It wasn't an order mandated from above.

Most of these places that complain about 90s expansion argue in favor of locations that never put forth a bid. You're not getting a team without putting in a bid for one.

Milwaukee doesn't have a team right now because they don't have an interested owner and they backed out of their one bid for an expansion team early back in 1990 (finding the NHL's requirements of 10,000 season tickets and a $50 million expansion fee "unrealistic" according to Lloyd Pettit).

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