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02-24-2013, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Sarava View Post
Interesting from Columbus. When I was out there, I was told they only sell out Wings and Hawk games. They'll lose a lot of Hawk games by moving out east. I guess they would be banking on pittsburgh fans or whatever traveling there...not sure that will happen though.
Pittsburgh to Columbus is a hell of a lot closer than Chicago. What they lose from that they gain there. And Toronto isn't that much further from there than here is, so they gain that too. Buffalo is closer to their than Chicago as well. I could see a good amount of their fans making that drive.

But again, teams don't want to move for ticket sales, they want to move for TV. More 7-7:30 start times is better than more games starting at 8-8:30 if you're Columbus. More people watching more games = getting more committed to the team = hopefully you sell more tickets locally. But more importantly, better TV ratings = higher rights fees.

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