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01-05-2013, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Dado View Post
It doesn't. It screws with the game itself and punishes the most loyal, largest supporters. I absolutely, completely and utterly reject your belief that it "makes everybody better off".

You are, of course, free to feel that way...
Parity rewards all supporters, and not just some. Would some teams thrive 'more' if it didn't exist? Certainly. But in a longer view, for a sport to grow, and to be able to offer a consistently competitive and entertaining product across the board, parity helps.

The only people who don't want parity, are the fans in wealthier markets who want a championship or a dynasty NOW, and couldn't care less about the NHL in the long-term. Even owners of these teams can recognize the benefits of parity; selfish fans can't.

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