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03-23-2013, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Hamilton Tigers View Post
Each team has a 50 mile territorial radius, so teams need to be at leat 100 miles away from each other to not have their 50 mile radii overlapping.
The nhl constitution is unclear on that point, just as it is unclear on many other subjects.

On one hand, section 4.1 states that: "each Member Club shall have exclusive territorial rights in the city in which it is located and
within fifty miles of that city's corporate limits."

Then, in section 4.3, seemingly out of nowhere, comes the phrase:
"No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such member"

So, 4.1 and 4.3 appear to contradict each other. The history of the nhl suggests that it's 4.1 which is actually used, otherwise we should have seen territorial fees paid by Philadelphia to NYR, Hartford to NYR NYI and Boston, NYI to Philadelphia, Ottawa to Montreal, and Buffalo to Toronto.

There's also a clause in the constitution that says that bettman has the right to interpret any issues in the way he sees fit, so it's basically whatever he says goes.

I suppose the bottom line is that 4.1 and 4.3 don't really matter because the nhl controls franchise location, and if you approach them with a location they don't like (such as Hamilton), then you're simply not getting your team, regardless of what anything says in the constitution.

The nhl is, always has been, and always will be an 'old boys club', and unfortunately there's not a thing that anyone can do about it.

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