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01-21-2013, 03:15 PM
Leo W
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Where did San Jose show anywhere in its history that it was anywhere close to being a viable NHL market prior to the Sharks showing up? This is a market with potentially no professional sports franchises in it. A new pro team, whether it is basketball or hockey, being the only game in town with a new arena will flourish here. Besides that, there is plenty of transplants and people that play rec league hockey and have interest in the sport. Hell, a lot of the people that support the Stockton Thunder ECHL franchise come from Sacramento.

From a pure business standpoint, someone is going to take that chance knowing full well the people in this market and how they supported the Kings as a business.

And when the Sharks did a few preseason games in Sacramento, they sold out. Very small sample size, of course, but someone will take the risk of being the only pro team in a market of 2-2.5 million people.
Stop, just stop. The NHL is not going to give Cali 4 NHL teams. And if they did, it would be San Diego. But more realistically, it's going to be Seattle, Quebec City, and Toronto #2.

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