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02-05-2013, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Kaoz View Post

Hockeys growing in the desert, and growing there, again, in the 12th largest US television market makes more business sense then putting a team in Southern Ontario or Quebec where hockey is already passionately followed by all.
Those number are insignificant. When you start with a really low number, the percentage increase can look good. But raw numbers had them increase by 2,000 members, while areas with already a high base saw increases of 18,000 members (Mass), 21,000 (Minn) and 27,000 (Michigan). Florida, which everyone thinks is a non hockey market, had an increase of 9,000. Yes they are increasing, but if it gains 2,000 members every decade would see Arizona catch up to the current Mass numbers in 200 years (!).

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