Phoenix LXXIII: "This Space Available"
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03-25-2013, 12:45 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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Not at all trying to be confrontational...but could you please name some US markets that are "saturated" with more "traditional" US sports where hockey is having a difficult time?
Referencing the attendance numbers posted on espn.com:
Of the top 10 teams in the U.S. for attendance (Chicago, Minnesota, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Nashville, Boston, Detroit, & San Jose), all but BUF, NSH, and SJ have all 4 major sports represented in their city. Buffalo has football as well, and San Jose is only 49 minutes from San Francisco, where the other sports are well represented.
All of those teams are averaging 100% capacity per game. Some are over 100%. It does not appear, even a little, that these teams are suffering from being in markets where other major leagues are firmly entrenched.
I'm of the opinion that the only time teams truly suffer in a sports market with a ton of options is when there are some teams in the region that are succeeding while others are faltering. Except for the diehards...no one likes to throw their money at a losing effort. Everyone wants a winner.
Phoenix, Dallas, Anahiem, Colorado, NJ Devils, NY Islanders and Miami. My point was that the NHL is traditionally in last place of the four major sports. No doubt many cities with all four major sports can ice a hockey team that sells out its barn. But the NHL is usually the team with the least room for error. Heck, there was a year or two when the Coyotes out drew the Hawks and the Bruins when those teams were especially bad. Having a competitive NBA team puts more stress on the local NHL team unless the NHL team is doing well.
For all their problems, the Coyotes have more sellouts this year than the Suns, and no one would question Phoenix has established itself as a strong NBA city over the years.
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