SurrealLife saidI am a diehard Maple Leafs fan. Having another hockey team in the Toronto area would suck to be perfectly honest. New York City has three teams in the metro area, but only one, the Rangers, consistently draws big crowds. Despite years of success, the New Jersey Devils crowds are small by comparison.
So are you saying that if there was another NHL team in Ontario that they wouldn't have sold out crowds? I know I'd likely try to see at least 10 games a year if the prices weren't too bad, if there was an NHL team in Hamilton. I know TONS of people that would go to the games if there was a new club.
TSNBalsillie's lawyer Richard Rodier was reluctant to comment on ticket sales when reached late Thursday afternoon, but did say that almost 60 deposits of $5,000 for corporate boxes at Copps Coliseum had been received.http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=210839
Sources tell TSN that there have been more than 4,700 deposits for lower bowl seats and almost 2,500 deposits for upper bowl seats.While $5,000 is required to reserve a corporate box, a $500 deposit will get you an upper bowl seat and $1,000 is needed for a seat in the lower bowl.
Hamilton has long been rumoured as a potential NHL city and has actually held a ticket drive before. More than 13,000 season tickets were sold in 1990 when Hamilton was bidding for an expansion franchise.
I don't think that lack of interest/ticket sales would be a good argument on this one. With the way GM is looking right now... some more jobs definitely couldn't hurt.
hockeytigerFirst, how much would another team in Toronto or nearby cannibalize current NHL revenue vs. bring in new revenue?
Second, how does that team affect overall NHL revenue over time?
Lastly, one has to look at how it impacts the sport as a whole. Does it bring in new fans? Does it increase the presence of hockey?
I think the only place where anyone would lose money is Toronto and their merchandise sales. If there was a new team, they'd have close to sold out games, if not sold out so the NHL is making more money as a whole than one club losing some money from merchandising. I think it could create some healthy competition between the two teams. Overall merchandising between both teams would be more than with just one team, people want something visible to show their support for their team. I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons and there's really no reason to have an NHL team in Nashville or Florida when you could have sold out games in Hamilton. Whether it brings in new fans, I doubt it would bring in a lot of new fans. I usually go to Buffalo if I want to see a Leafs game, and when I go there I'd say about half the folks that are there are in Leafs jerseys, if not more. What does that say?
Fogos, the guy in that video is smokin'!