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02-08-2013, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
Not sure the Time Zones are as much of an issue as the travel distance. You could keep the 2 time zone Divisions, by just swapping Dallas and Minnesota (Minn doesnt belong in a division with teams in Northwestern Canada no more than WPG belongs in a division with cities in Florida), yet many of those teams now in a new Northwest would have to travel farther than the the teams in the Pacific would if Dallas wound up there.

The Stars sure as heck would rather be going to LA and Anaheim than Edmonton and Calgary, even though it crosses more time zones. Need to consider the latitude as well as the longitude.
Timezones are worst than distance, because it makes it ten times harder for a team in say columbus to have a loyal audience.

Distance means the home team advantage is exaggerated, but as long as their is equal number of home and away it`s not as big of an issue for the league(obviously huge for the players).

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