Former Russian President, Putin, wants to see KHL expand to Europe
Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:40 AM
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:50 PM
Posted 20 July 2009 - 02:40 PM
I don't know what hockey markets they would specifically aim for, but looking at the world clock on my phone, there's a six hour difference from the middle of Europe to the middle of Russia. If coastline countries have any interest in playing, that number could go up to 8-9 hours difference. Granted most notable hockey markets are right around the Eurasia line, but I don't think teams outside that area would be too pleased with a merger of notable hockey leagues and not being included in it. Stock would certainly fall.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:57 PM
"Amur" of the KHL is 9 time zones away from Moscow, Moscow is 2 more time zones away from Prague or Stockholm or Berlin and is as far away as 3 time zones from London. Talk abouit road trip from hell!
The whole "Kontinental" part of the KHL name is purely wishfull thinking on the part of Russian hockey bigwigs. The KHL doesn't earn 20% of its expenses back, and without the massive sponsorship money of the big quasi-state Russian companies would be going nowhere. Until KHL becomes at least a break-even enterprise on its own, the NHL has nothing to worry about except occasional player poaching. No Swedish or Czech or German or Swiss club could possibly pay their players enough to compete on even terms with the "Gazprom" supported league. So they wouldn't be able to financially compete in the KHL.
BTW, the "Eurasia line" goes through Ural mountains in the middle of Russia, not along the Russian western border.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 09:45 PM
There are no problems with Champions League and UEFA CUP games. In fact Moscow hosted the Champions League finals a couple years ago that included two British teams. Moscow even hosted this past Eurovision Song contest which all of Europe competes in.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:12 PM
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:32 PM
I would convert to the VHL if Put-- I mean, whoever is running the KHL, made it happen. GIT 'R DUN.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:03 AM
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:04 AM
but i think the difference with football (soccer) is that their games are spread out way more, so teams can adjust, and with tournaments and the like, one place usually hosts, so everybody goes, gets used to the time zone, and plays some games. most major leagues (not cups or tournaments) are, to my understanding, national, not continental. still, stockholm and berlin are only one time zone further than minsk, which is already five hours off of novokuznetsk (and eight from khabarovsk).
if you had a situation where the two conferences rarely if ever played each other in the regular season, it might be more feasible.
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