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02-13-2013, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ult View Post
First you tell me that you can't read Russian, then you post an absolutely not related minfin link in Russian about Moscow? What the hell?

And more importantly, where the hell did you find tickets on There are none. And 2 euros (from 2,5 to 6 euros actually)? Those are tickets to Amurskie Tigri, an MHL team. What a fail.

Here is the whole article about ticket prices.
KHL has a lot of problems (and creating new cups in the middle of season and in the same middle of season thinking about the cancellation of the draft is not professional at all, you do that sort of thing when a season is over, before the next one, not change the rules as you go), but seems like the expantion process at the moment has been a success story, especially in Riga, Minsk and Slovan, even Lev that faces tough competition at home. The interest in hockey has grown in the first three cities and Lev has found a niche there. Maybe Astana and Donbass are not that good examples at the moment but all they need are modern 10 000 arenas... Kazakhstan is developing and Shakhtar in Donetsk has proven that there can be great sports organizations in Donetsk... Medvescak and Gdansk would be even bigger challenges as these are not really hockey markets per se but... the same could be said for many early NHL cities.

Many people had doubts about Slovan and even more so about Lev but I think this season has proven (hope not only because of lockout, although a lot of Czech stars played in the local league during it too and it did not take away Lev fans) that it has been a success story and in this KHL gained a lot. At the moment it looks like that both Slovan and Lev will be in play-offs (and possibly Donbass), so it has also been a success in the sports area. Sure you can look at Riga that had a very bad year but.... let's not forget that Torpedo and now it seems Atlant will also not reach play-off, not to mention Spartak. Last year Torpedo and Atlant were among top 4 teams in the West, look at that!! In Riga's case of course it had also to do with declining quality of the team but due to West getting more competitive some other recent regular top shelf play-off guys like Atlant are also struggling....

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