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04-03-2013, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Teus View Post
Spreading out the TV money thanks to more teams going up and down between the leagues would be healthy for Swedish hockey I think.
And unlikely to happen. The big forces of Swedish hockey want an even bigger piece, not spreading it around further.

It's also starting to become a TV battle between Cmore and Viasat. Every single Allsvenskan game is televised or streamed now. That multi-platform deal for Allsvenskan will only continue to get more lucrative, and the gap between the leagues will get smaller with the current format. So really, the two leagues are not co-operating, they are competing against each other. Other than the guidelines the federation has set up, they set their own rules. That might be seen as healthy competition, but I'm not so sure it is.

Let's play..

Elitserien with:
HV
Frölunda
Färjestad
MoDo
Luleå
Skellefteå
Linköping
Brynäs
Växjö
Örebro
Timrå
Karlskoga

Left for Allsvenskan:
Djurgården
Leksand
AIK
Malmö
Södertälje
Rögle
Västerås
Björklöven
Hammarby
Mora
Troja/Ljungby
Almtuna
Oskarshamn
Karlskrona

Yeah, it's a little unreasonable, but far from impossible. This scenario could happen as soon as the 14/15 season, and it would "only" take a Leksand/AIK demotion, Karlskoga/Timrå promotion. Hammarby back would just be the cherry on the top. How would that Elitserien season fare, competiting against Stockholm derbies, Siljan derby, Skåne derby, Uppsala, Västerås, Södertälje, Björklöven and smaller teams with solid fanbases?

If you're not proactive you could very well end up with two leagues that go head to head sooner than you think. I want a top division, not 1a, 1b.

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