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In Topic: Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

30 August 2014 - 12:57 AM

Interesting. Toronto looks like a no brainer on paper, but I just don't know where the fans will come from since most of those 52% avid hockey fans are most likely Leafs fans and are unlikely to jump ship(no matter how bad the Leafs are). And those that are not leafs fans are fans of other teams and are just as unlikely to be fans of the new team. It will take years before an actual fan base is established.

I'm guessing many hockey fans, and businesses in the GTO area would buy up tickets, and within a few short years they'll grow to love the team (especially if they're better than the Leafs).

 

Granted - they'll be that 'other team' in Toronto, but getting people there support the new team won't be a problem.


In Topic: Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

29 August 2014 - 04:50 PM



 

Someone posted a link to an article in the Toronto Star that referenced the billion dollars in potential franchise fees the existing owners would collect from expansion, so that's not glue they're sniffing.  It's cash. 

 

Bettman's track record demonstrates that he is willing to risk the integrity of the league in order to make his owners as much money as possible, so it's not really that surprising.  He has his circle of cronies on the BOG, and can probably drum up support from owners drooling at the prospect of the new franchise fees.  That fee is not considered Hockey Related Revenue so it's not something they even have to share with players. 

 

Plus with the CBA set for at least 7 more years, if there's a couple more struggling franchises it really won't effect owners until then.  And even when the CBA ends they'll likely just have another lockout and hammer the players salaries down further instead of increasing revenue sharing.  So it doesn't seem like there's  a ton of financial risk to the existing owners.

I agree with you that Bettman is selling this like he had in previous years to the BOG - you'll get more $$$, and that alone will get many members to sign on.

 

The issues in Glendale, AZ are far from over, and then there's the Panthers in Miami, and who knows who'll be next on the list of financial doom & gloom.

 

This league has some serious issues, and placing teams in non-traditional markets continues to dog them...I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I'd much rather see a team in Quebec City, and a 2nd team in Toronto before any city here in the USA, but that's just me.


In Topic: potential team names for las vegas!

29 August 2014 - 09:31 AM

On a more serious note...

 

'The Rat Pack'


In Topic: potential team names for las vegas!

29 August 2014 - 09:09 AM

How about the 'Quebec Nordiques'?

 

oops - wrong thread


In Topic: Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

29 August 2014 - 09:04 AM

Bettman & the BOG must be sniffing glue.