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02-13-2013, 03:25 PM
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From a free market perspective
, it is absolutely irrational to create a new team on the other side of the globe.
The only rationale for keeping a team there is:
a) developing a professional hockey team in every part of Russia (so that clearly makes the KHL a Russian hockey league with a primary task of serving local Russian interests);
b) discouraging any decent and actually profitable European teams from joining the league.
Thinking like this defines the KHL and is the main reason why KHL will never be profitable.
The fact is, there is far more economic growth potential in Vladivostok then there is in Riga. Vladivostok is a major seaport, and the fact is that economic growth in the World is tilting toward the Asian-Pacific region. Growing hockey in the Far East is in the best interest of both the KHL and Russia. It is ridiculous to say that hockey in a vast region of Russia should be abandoned, especially when there is a very successful franchise there. It may be too long a flight from Riga, in which case Dinamo may decide that it is no longer feasible to maintain a KHL franchise. We would hate to see it go, but it has always been anticipated that some franchises would fall by the wayside.
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