Preds one of the least successful on-ice teams among non-traditional cities
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06-15-2007, 11:05 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
You are missing the point. This isn't about saying we should have been just as good as the Stars when we started out. The point is post-season success (i.e. winning some playoff rounds) is what generates the most buzz in a new market.
When all these teams started out in their new market (whether relocated or expanded) they at some point, have had some post season buzz to help establish themsevles in a non-traditional market place. Nashville has yet to win a playoff round, and imo, that's the biggest reason for the lack of corporate support.
We are like Tampa right now. They went a long time without winning a playoff round. Ticket sales suffered. The eventually built up a quality team, and won the cup. In turn, ticket sales increased significantly. Corporations WANTED to buy season tickets.
We've suffered throgh the last 9 years of non post season success, and we are on the brink of being able to make some noise. It's foolish for Leipold to say "we've gone all we can do" when you know you haven't accomplished the single most important-- creating post season excitement.
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