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01-21-2013, 03:18 PM
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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.
San Jose had the benefit of being in the right time. The league was in the beginning stages of huge American expansion, and no one really though of testing the waters at the time; it was all about the POTENTIAL of making $$$.

Now that we have seen quite a few southern American teams struggle, I don't think (at least I hope they won't) that the league will just throw teams in large American centres willy-nilly without doing due diligence first. And sorry to say, Sacramento has a ways to go before it should even be considered as a future NHL market.

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