HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 05:59 PM
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Agree to disagree. It's a disaster for Winnipeg, imo.
You just don't get it. The divisional realignment is all about time zones and TV coverage. Winnipeg doesn't want to be in a division with other Canadian teams for that very reason. The Jets need their divisional games to be in the Central time zone so that fans can actually watch their road games on TV at a reasonable hour.
Winnipeg home games will never be shown nationally in
because they play in the central time zone. The CTZ means they would have to go head to head with Toronto and Montreal. Obviously that is not going to happen. They can't start their home games at 10pm ETZ like the West either. That is why Winnipeg plays HNIC Canada games at 12:00pm. There's just no other way.
If Winnipeg were to move to a division with Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton it would mean a lot more games would start at 8:30 or 9:00 pm and end at midnight. This is simply unworkable for TV.
think about it.
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