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01-09-2013, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by nwpensfan View Post
??? Hockey is very popular here!! Who are these people with first hand knowledge shooting down hockey and I am curious about the 40 year history with soccer??
I don't know who these people are. They've posted comments here over the past 7 years, or however long I've read this forum. You seem gung-ho about it, sure, but every city has at least a niche following. How is the NHL covered in Seattle media right now?

And the Sounders were established in 1974. Obviously the history has not been continuous, but the current MLS incarnation is very much linked to the USL and NASL eras. Likewise, the new Sonics will also capitalize on their history, which gives them a huge leg up. The Coyotes or Oilers would just be nomads rolling into town, looking to crash in the new Sonics arena.

And again, I am not trying to play down your enthusiasm or that of other hockey fans there. I've just not seen that the masses are really crying out for hockey, or another sports franchise in general.

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