New Conference Discussion (Realignment Approved, Detroit and Columbus Leaving)
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02-24-2013, 12:50 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Naperville, IL
Originally Posted by
IU Hawks fan
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.
Yeah I agree on the tv part. I'm not sure Pittsburgh fans will show up as much as Chicago fans though. Chicago fans travel well (usually the best or among the best) in most sports.
But you're right...having more games on in prime hours will probably generate more interest from their own local fans - which is the #1 point.
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