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02-06-2013, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by goyotes View Post
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. This team is gone. The NHL will pretend to hold out some hope for another owner, but the window has closed. I will enjoy my STs for this final year and hope to watch the Coyotes in another playoff run.

The bottom line is, excuses aside, if the Coyotes average 16,000 fans paying close to NHL prices for tickets, the team would have been bought and sold 2 or 3 years ago. Face it. The NHL fans in the Valley either didn't support this team well enough, or there just aren't enough NHL fans in the Valley to support an NHL team.

None of us diehard hockey fans want to accept this reality, but it is in fact reality.
I don't particularly blame Coyotes fan, Goyotes, or the lack of them. All sports franchises go through attendance cycles, and in a new market it just might have taken more seed money and patience to cultivate the market.

When Moyes' ownership failed, with $3.3-bilion annual revenue league-wide, the NHL would have had ample resources to see the team through to new ownership even if it had to take a loss in doing so.

The fault lies with lack of business judgement and/or lack of commitment to the Phoenix market on the part of the NHL.

You can never fault fans for not attending . . . the team has to earn their entertainment dollars. You can't blame the City of Glendale: foolish as they were (beyond foolish even), I don't know what more the COG could have done.

Kudos to Coyotes fans like yourself for sticking with it as long as you have.

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