Re: [hockhist] NHL Coming to Hamilton?
- On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM, <Leslee47@...> wrote:
> Lastly, having nothing to do with my legal background, I feelThere are two problems with London: it's too small and there's no
> uncomfortable with Balsillie bringing a team to Hamilton. Why do it when you could
> easily bring a team to London. It shows respect of the NHL's territorial
> limits, would really get fans that rarely attend professional games, and could
> bring in fans from the east and west (its about 2-2.25 hours to Detroit). I
> think that area is perfect and would be easier for the NHL to swallow. I
> don't think this is really about where Balsillie puts the team though--for
> him, its about him breaking the monopoly the NHL has on deciding who they
> would like to own a team and who they would not.
The London metro area is only 450,000. That's less than the population
of the City of Hamilton (~ 500,000), and with none of the surrounding
population. London would instantly become the smallest market in the
NHL. London would also provide no access to the Toronto media and
corporate market (which is what Balsillie is after, since that would
be essential to surviving).
The arena in London is new, but only seats about 9,000 for hockey.
I used to put quotes here.