HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Originally Posted by
The Wheeled Winger
Markham over QC works for me as well. But expansion absolutely will not happen to 2 Canadian teams, bank on it. It'll be a US team and a Canadian team. 8/32 (1/4) of the team Canadian.
No way US media is allowing any more than that.
As long as Seattle or Houston is one of the expansion locations (With the other in line for relo), I don't have a problem with that. Any other market, I agree with you. KC is too unstable a choice, don't even get me started on Vegas. Anything else in the US is too small or terrible demographics.
Can you provide some thought process behind the bolded sentence above? Just IMO - but there are PLENTY of opportunities for 2 US teams to play a televised game. You pretty much NEVER see a Canadian team on a US nationally televised game.
I guess your point could be that NBC is concerned about having an Canadian team make the SC Finals, but I don't think that the differnce between 8/32 or 9/32 would be a deal breaker from a their perspective.
Or is there something else I'm missing?
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