Thread: KHL Expansion
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02-13-2013, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Namejs View Post
Sorry, do you speak English? I love the fact that every single one of you is trying to have a go at the city of Riga or Dinamo Riga, when I have repeatedly said that Dinamo Riga is unsustainable as well.

Ladies, this is not about who lives in a bigger, wealthier city, it's about the economic management of KHL. If KHL wants to become a profitable enterprise with most of their teams being profitable or at least capable of breaking even without massive governmental assistance, the only rational step is to add already established teams from Europe from countries with a big hockey following.

You know, it is not so easy to add already established teams from Europe. Do you think that KHL leadership is bunch of clowns who dont know what to do? AIK Stockholm - denied by federation. Do you want swedish clubs in KHL? As you know, Swedes does not care about hockey if attendance of EHT/WHC is a "proof". You have Slovan and Lev, hockey countries. Switzerland? There is a Helvetics project. Germany? Rumours about 3-4 clubs. Established euro clubs have now the evidence - Slovan - the success story. Slovan is not KHL project team, it has long history. The same like Eisberan or so.

The KHL has made several succesful decisions in this context, but if the KHL wants to move in the same direction and wants to become a financially self-sustainable league (in the long-term), it has to get rid of the smaller teams and teams, which are counter-productive in attaining that goal. Amur is one of them.

Dont worry, it will happen one day. You can not ged rid of smaller teams now. You need them, because you dont have substitution for them from Europe/Asia.

Dont agree with Amur leaving

KHL has to transform from being a glorified Russian championship with some foreign teams thrown into the mix to actually becoming a "continental" league with as many European clubs as possible.

The market in Far East Russia is limited purely because of the small population size and economic capacity.

A few ppl wrote about potential of Far East. You still dont get it. Lets discuss the topic in 2033
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