Why isn't Hockey big in Britain or France?
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02-03-2014, 08:05 AM
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Wisbech, UK
Credit where due, the London Racers were one of the better teams at trying to market themselves - but played out of, first, Ally Pally and then Lee Valley.
Neither are realistically suitable for a top flight team IMHO - especially in the capital, where the competition for punters pounds is higher than anywhere
Honestly, I think too many folks are simply barking up the wrong tree on this one - 'no one' wants to spend the money to build an EIHL (or perhaps even EPL...) suitable rink in London. The smarter business move is/will be housing or similar.
So before you even look at running a team, and the costs involved, you've hit a barrier - one I am not convinced can be overcome currently.
Forgetting that pretty important fact for a moment though - IMHO you'd really need two London teams; one North of the river, one South. Play on the 'rivalry' to build local interest.
Talk about ex-pats all you want; both Knights and Racers failed to build and sustain regular crowds. Without that underlying 'hardcore', no team will succeed - let alone one in the big smoke. At least with two teams playing on that North South divide they have a fighting chance via the 'bragging rights' element
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