HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 05:16 PM
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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.
This is what realignment is all about...be it Detroit, Winnipeg, Dallas, etc...having the high majority of your games in Prime Time television slots.
Broadcasters make money by selling advertising and can charge more with more viewers...thus Prime Time is when you want to be playing. When Broadcasters make more money...they pay the teams more money for the rights to show the games!
Any Eastern Teams playing a majority of their games against Central time zone teams (ie: Detroit and Columbus) does not make financial sense.
Central time zone teams playing the majority of their games against Mountain time zone teams does not make financial sense.
Colorado playing the majority of their games against Pacific time zones teams does not make financial sense.
Thus you see the two Eastern teams moving within their time zone and Colorado (one would assume) being much more pleased to be playing Central time zone teams than Pacific time zone teams.
All makes sense to this Winnipeg fan. Home and home against the other Canadian teams is more than ok by me. Never EVER want to be stuck in a division/conference with Edm, Calg and/or Van just because they are Canadian teams.
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