52670Re: [hockhist] Why not Hamilton?
- Sep 1, 2009On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 11:24 AM, <craigw@...> wrote:
> I don't think it is a "slamThis is a significant problem. The economy in Hamilton is far from
> dunk" that a team in Hamilton would be a massive success as that city is
> more blue collar and doesn't have the corporate money there that Toronto
> does and there is no way you could charge the same for tickets in Hamilton
> that a Toronto does.
settled. I believe Stelco (or whatever it is these days) is about to
shut down, and I'm not sure there is anything to replace it.
> Having said that why is the NHL so opposed to such a move?There are several reasons. Off the top of my head, I can come up with these:
1. It's in both the Toronto and Buffalo territories. Both those teams
are said to have objections to a Hamilton entry. The NHL is not likely
to act over the objections of two of its clubs (especially Toronto).
2. The NHL and its teams gain nothing from the move financially. There
is an argument to be made that they lose money.
3. Hamilton has no corporate community to speak of.
4. The arena in Hamilton is outdated and in severe need of renovations
to get to NHL standards.
5. They would rather get an expansion fee for it.
> I have heardHamilton is a miniscule media market. In real terms, it does not
> the arguments about Phoenix being a bigger market. That is true to an
> extent but perhaps not if you look at the whole greater Hamilton area.
> That Hamilton area has a huge population to draw from.
extend much beyond the new City of Hamilton boundaries. I would
probably give you Burlington, Grimsby and maybe Brantford, but that's
about it. It has one TV station (which was 3 months from closing), a
handful of radio stations and a newspaper. I don't think the Toronto
media would pay much attention to a Hamilton NHL team - or at least,
no more attention than they do to other Canadian teams.
> Is Phoenix a bigger TV market? Yes, but the NHL's US TV ratings are so minimal that thisTrue to a point, but, is the CBC or TSN going to fork out 16% more
> shouldn't even factor in. Phoenix may be a bigger market but is anyone in
> the city (or even the rest of the country) watching the product? That
> answer is clear. On the other hand the NHL's ratings in Canada, and in
> particular Southern Ontario (including Hamilton) are huge. Now you can
> argue Hamilton won't increase the ratings as perhaps they can't go any
> higher. That may be true - but they won't hurt.
money for TV rights with a Hamilton team involved? I don't see it. I
don't think there's any new money to be had there.
On the other hand, whatever rights fees (or advertising revenue) the
league gets from its US deal would suffer with the loss of a Top 20
> I have heard Hamilton referred to as a "minor league city." "Minor league"Whether a city is "minor league" or "major league" is usually
> compared to who or what? It is the 8th largest city in Canada, and the
> Canadian market is the NHL's most lucrative market. Would you refer to the
> 8th largest city in the US as "Minor League?" You can only call Hamilton
> "minor league" if you use the same criteria for the equivalent US city.
determined by the other sports teams in the city. A city generally
becomes a "major league" city by getting a major league team. Right
now, Hamilton has an AHL hockey team and a minor league football team.
The equivalent US city, then, would be Grand Rapids, Michigan.
> I have heard that US fans (the few that there are it seems) don't want toHNIC ratings tend to go down in the third round if the Canadian teams
> watch Canadian teams or don't know Canadian cities. Well the same argument
> can be made on this side of the border. I can relate to a Regina, Ottawa,
> Winnipeg, etc far more so than Omaha, Kansas City, etc. HNIC ratings
> collapse in the play-offs when there are no Canadian teams left. And
> again, the Canadian market is the NHL's most lucrative - why doesn't the
> NHL go all out to educate their fans about Canadian cities so US fans will want to watch them?
are out, but rebound for the finals. This is to be expected, since
there is a significant hometown bump when the local team is involved.
The Canadian market is lucrative, but I believe it's saturated.
> Why can't the NHL seeI'm not entirely convinced that US fans have seen the game. The NHL
> that and focus on the US areas that actually like the sport and Canada?
> Get teams out of Florida, Arizona, Nashville, etc and into Hamilton,
> Winnipeg, Quebec City, and maybe Saskatoon?
has, normally by its own fault, managed to keep itself hidden from
view at every possible opportunity - dating back to the early 1960s.
"You can insure against the weather, but you can't insure against
incompetence, can you?" - Phil Tufnell
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