NBA "sunbelt" expansion has also failed
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02-13-2013, 06:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
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The reality is that hockey doesn't work in small cities or suburbs... generally the places where the NHL expanded to... and happen to correlate with these "southern teams".
You don't get out much from your little hole in the wall , do you?
Buffalo doesn't work? another team in tornot buffalo will be fine. the issue is Hamilton---its too close and will draw from their market/fan base. If you look at Buffalo including the Canadian population near with an hr drive Buffalo has well over 3 million people....enough to support a franchise.
The issue with the South---as in----the area of Arkansas/Louisiana over to Caolinas excluding FLA and TX. You have many smaller cities that are strong college sports markets.
Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh are loaded with northern transplants. Same true with TX and FL.
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