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A question about going to a new market [mod: viability of Saskatoon for a NHL team]

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01-18-2013, 03:13 PM
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If I was a billionaire with money to spend on a hockey franchise, Saskatoon isn't even on the radar. There are too many other cities available with much higher possible upsides for revenue and profitability.

Are there any local billionaires with deep ties to the area? That, along with a tripling of the population is the only way I can see this happening.

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3 factors you need to look at

1) gate receipts (people within a 100-150 miles to the arena)

2) tv market size (tv packages, more tv sets, more money)

3). Corporate support (luxury suites, ad revenue)

All three are critical

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I am talking about Saskatchewan.

Granted, Sask would end up being the smallest market, but how would that mean they will be worse than some certain existing markets that is bleeding money year after year and people are fighting tooth and nail to convince others that these teams should stay in those markets, and LOL'ed at the idea of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan may be a small market, but they are booming, growing fast, and have a extremely strong hockey community there and they do have large corporations.

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agreed, as long as there is an owner willing to lose cashmoney some seasons. it couldnt be worse than some certain markets.

edit: definitely a relocation destination city though.

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3 factors you need to look at

1) gate receipts (people within a 100-150 miles to the arena)

2) tv market size (tv packages, more tv sets, more money)

3). Corporate support (luxury suites, ad revenue)

All three are critical
if i could bump all those down one spot and add this..

1) actual hockey fans

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They also have the city of Milwakuee to draw fans from and used to play half of their home games there
Really Green Bay Packers are Wisconsin's team. Heck, I'm sure they have plenty of support in neighboring states too.

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In the way of fan interest, it would easily be equal to Edmonton/Winnepeg in the way of interested fan to population ratio
You are from Edmudton. There is no excuse for that spelling.

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You are from Edmudton. There is no excuse for that spelling.
For some reason, my entire childhood I would spell it like that, when I'm in a hurry, sometimes old habbits come back, my bad.

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I don't think Saskatoon is going to have trouble attracting fans.

But they will have trouble attracting corporate sponsors. That's essential to have for major leagues.

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It would be cool for them to have a team (Saskatchewan Sasquatches has a nice ring to it. It might take up half a shirt too) but the problem is their population is really low. Saskatchewan & Saskatoon, if they want a NHL team, they need to plan for growing enough to hit the required population threshold, which means attracting enough people, building enough homes & apartments, etc for that, which requires developing commerce & industry further there. They may be 15-20 years off from getting a team even with strong growth.

Green Bay, as noted, NFL has very different dynamics due to a shortened season, games usually on Sunday (usually day off, lowest traffic on roads), and a lot of hype (baseball is America's pasttime, but football has become it's present-time), and they established being in Green Bay as a tradition. Packers, Bears, and Cardinals are the oldest teams in the NFL, though the Cardinals kind of lost that recognition due to being in their 3rd city since being founded. What works for football won't necessarily work for hockey/basketball or baseball. Those factors work in the Packers' favor, and they play in a region that really takes to football and has some strong rivalries (NFC North: Vikings, Packers, Bears, Lions). One would think Saskatoon would take to NHL hockey very well, so I don't think that would be an issue, it's just filling up the building during the season.

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It would be cool for them to have a team (Saskatchewan Sasquatches has a nice ring to it. It might take up half a shirt too) but the problem is their population is really low. Saskatchewan & Saskatoon, if they want a NHL team, they need to plan for growing enough to hit the required population threshold, which means attracting enough people, building enough homes & apartments, etc for that, which requires developing commerce & industry further there. They may be 15-20 years off from getting a team even with strong growth.
It's gotta be green, homes: Saskatoon Greenriders ftw!

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