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12-21-2006, 11:14 AM
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One must also consider that it doesn't make economical sense for a team that at home draws 1,000 fans a game to move to a 19,000 seat arena outside of its market, where there already 2 successful junior teams and an NHL team that has had it's own problems getting bums into the seats at the same arena. Although Melnyk is hard pressed to earn money in St.Mikes arena, there is no way he'll earn any paying increased operating costs, increased travel costs, increased game day staff and concession costs, etc. Besides, when he bought the Majors he did so to keep the team in the GTA, and promised the OHL that he'd find them an appropriate arena in the Toronto area, which he has done by acquiring the rights to the Hershey centre. If there is no deal in place to move the Ice Dogs by Dec 31st, which according to my team sources is very much the case at the moment, the Majors will either stay for another season at St.Mikes, or share the Hershey centre with the Ice Dogs next season.

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