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Forum: NHLil y a 4 heures Forum: NHLil y a 4 heures Forum: NHLil y a 9 heures <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Finski</b></div><div>I placed the teams into the countries where Hockey is actually watched. Placing a team into London would not bring attention to the sport (necessarily). Tampere, Malmo, etc. have great facilities in place where a NHL franchise could play, and both cities would bring in great numbers of fans to the sport. London, Paris, Copenhagen, etc. would need to be put into place after the market has been secured in Europe, if not the teams might fail. If the NHL could wind up support on the continent then it is the time to hit the large (non hockey cities) not before.</div></div>
Agree to disagree.
Every major sport starts in those types of cities, but the money drives them to the big metro centers eventually so why not start there. Same reason why Vegas is successful; it isn't about having 15,000 butts in seats; it is about getting large corporate sponsors, luxury suite sales, corporate advertisers, TV ratings, etc.
A team in Tampere would have a worst case scenario financially that is probably a solid "floor", but their best case scenario "ceiling" is not going to be that much higher. A team in London however would have a huge potential.
Just look at the German pro hockey league financially versus even Sweden. Sweden has better players, more interest/attention; but the German league is far better off financially.
As I said, Quebec and Halifax are places "where hockey is actually watched"; but the NHL is never going to those cities for that reason.
In order to support NHL level expenses and salaries; each team would have to produce over $175 million per year in Hockey-Related Revenue (HRR) and that is on the LOW side; this would cause ticket prices to multiply. So, yes some of those cities have popular hockey: they just can't support that level of economics. Even Helsinki Jokerit would have to raise ticket prices almost 10-fold to get close to that level; but at least Helsinki is a major European city and can probably continue to support the team at that level; Tampere however could not; nor the other smaller cities.
London and Paris have Europe's highest GDP by cities by far and with their population they could easily find success drawing fans in professional hockey at the highest level.
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