NHL in Houston
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03-31-2013, 10:12 PM
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And now coming off MLB worst 106 & 107 loss seasons - well, their entire team payroll is less than what the Yankees are paying an injured ARod not to play.
That may be, but now that the Astros are in the same division as the Rangers, there will be more of a demand for better talent and a better rivalry.
I personally think Houston would be an excellent market for hockey. I think one of the main problems with Phoenix was no natural rivals. I also think Dallas struggles with this same thing on their "down" years. But if you put Houston in the NHL, you will automatically have those games to key on even in the bad years. You could almost throw Atlanta in that Phoenix debate as well, because they had no natural rivals to speak of. Both Florida teams had each other, Nashville was in the west and the closest possible rivalry, Carolina Hurricanes, have other older rivalries from their Whaler days.
This is also why I think a Seattle franchise would work, because they could be a rival to Vancouver.
Look at all the super successful franchises, and you'll find a hatred from a rival fanbase. Yankees/Red Sox, Red Wing/Blackhawk, Celtics/Lakers, etc.
My two cents, FWIW!
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