Thread: KHL Expansion
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03-18-2013, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by metmag View Post
Exactly, its a matter of want. Right now they dont want to.

It it stupid to suggest that top European 1st world economies such as Sweden or Finland
cant afford to sponsor a team in the 2nd best league in the world. Especially since it is not some obscure sport, but a top national sport in the country.
So when this second wave of expansions joins(and succeeds), I think that many people will want it, or seriously consider it.
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
You need to check up on the condition of Finnish economy and sports sponsorship before you start making such statements. Though those two aspects are much better in Sweden, the same applies there as in Finland. Fans don't want it. In Finland the only possible candidates, HIFK and Jokerit care enough/too much about their fans to do something so major against their will.
On my hand I don't think the economy, sponsorship and budget would be any problem at all. Metmag is right there of course.

But what Jussi says are also partly true in my view. A big problem would be the fans and the regular Northern-European. Changes are always looked upon as a bad thing. People are always against it. And the most hardcore fans in the respective league only wants to see his/her team play against X number of Finnish or Swedish teams just like they have always been doing.

But I also believe that most fans would still support their club in a new league + that they would find even more new fans across their own country and city etc.

I believe for KHL to successfully find a team that would be willing to leave either two leagues the best way is to go with already 'radical' clubs. In Sweden you have Malmö Redhawks. Most Swedish people look at this club and think that they are crazy with all of their new plans. A second to best choice would be Leksand, also quite radical and spends money on all kinds of stuff and they want nothing more than to play in the Swedish Elitserien. But they have tried for soon to be 10 years with no success to get there. Leksand would be a good choice. And since Djurgården missed their chance to get up in Elitserien, it could be wise of KHL to contact them with some proposal.

In Finland I would suggest teams from Mestis, or perhaps Espoo Blues in SM-liiga.

I have a difficult time trying to figure out a team in Elitserien that would join KHL any time soon.

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