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Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by DCSholtis, May 31, 2011.
Deal announced this morning.
It would seem Atlanta and its hockey fans there are not too happy:
Too bad for the die hard Atlanta fans, but 13,469 average attendance won't cut it.
They're crazy about their hockey up North there, and with the better exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollar maybe the new team will do better in Winnipeg than the old one. Thing is, the MTS Centre only seats 15,015 for the current AHL team. Wonder if they will or can expand it?
Saw the Jets in the old Winnipeg Arena in the early 90s when I lived in Grand Forks.
Unfortunately that day they beat the Red Wings.
I wonder if the Atlanta area will get the games on TV? I know when Winnipeg moved to Phoenix they still got the games on TV in Winnipeg.
Lets see what kind of team and players they can put together. Should be interesting.
The article implies that the attendance was directly proportionate to the product the put on the ice. :shrug:
according to "rumors" via Twitter, FS South is looking to add either Carolina games or Nashville games to the ATL area.
Wonder what the re-alignment going to look like?
My guess, Nashville moves to the SouthEast divison, as Winnipeg enters the Central.
Several sites and talking heads are saying that it's too late to move the teams for next season; so Winnipeg will stay in the SE for one year. After that Detroit will probably move east. I guess Columbus is also a possibility, but I'm guessing (and hoping) that Detroit is the one to move east.
Any guesses to the Winnipeg team name ? Thrashers,Jets ?
people seem to want to keep the jets name...... i kind of hope they do so as well at this point. as an oilers fan i'm just excited for a renewed rivalry...
And next season there probably be another move because these seem to happen in small bunches.
Supposedly either Detroit or Columbus will be moving to the East for the 2012-2013 season to balance things out. Some other re-alignment is also in discussion, such as making a new Atlantic division with the Rangers, Devils, Bruins, Islanders, and Flyers.
Nashville seems like the more logical choice and would be a one-team straightup swap.
No way do you separate Boston and Montreal.
Yep, and no way do you separate Detroit and Chicago.
Red Wings fans and the team want the team east so they don't have so many 10PM start times. Bettman said last year if they had to move someone east, it would be Detroit or Columbus; he said they were the only two teams in eastern time zone playing in the west and because both teams had requested a move to the east if a spot opened up.
But Nashville only about 200 miles northwest of Atlanta.
What's that mean for the 'Yotes?
Every Western Conference team would like to see Detroit go to the East. Unfortunately they realize that seeing the Red Wings every 3rd year (current scheduling) will cost them $'s in the end. IMHO its about attendance and the loyal following of the Red Wings do not live in the Eastern time zone other than the state of Michigan/ surrounding area. Other than the teams they have beat to win the Stanley Cup; not many Eastern teams hate the Wings. Western conference teams would love to have the cushy travel schedules that the east enjoys.
I'm a loyal Wings fan and I live in the east, as do two other displaced Michiganders on my street. I also saw Detroit play in Tampa and Atlanta this season. The Red Wing fans were a significant part of the crowd in both cities. I think Detroit has fans in all time zones.
So if it is about attendance and money, then Detroit should definitely move east. The eastern arenas have more seats than the western ones. It doesn't matter if Detroit, Nashville or Columbus is moved east; still more seats in the east. So following your argument, Detroit, which had the largest road attendance of all teams, has the potential to draw more fans in the east thereby increasing the gate for the NHL. Also Detroit's TV revenues are lower right because the majority of their away games happen at 10 or 10:30PM. Get them in the east and their TV revenues could also increase.
But moving Detroit east will cause a domino effect within the eastern conferences. As RasputinAXP said previously, moving Nashville to the SE will be a one-for-one with Atlanta/Winnipeg.
Of course if Phoenix is sold next season, they could be moving and that will change all of this. And who knows what is going to happen to Florida by the end of next year. Might be a totally different picture within the NHL this time next year.