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  • #31
    Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

    The Oilers and Flames own the WHL teams in those cities and thatís why it works, and the reason the Ice left previously. If True North Sports and Entertainment buys the WHL franchise, they wonít be in competition with anyone. Itíll be another branch of the same company. No smart businessman would buy the team and try to complete with the NHL and AHL directly.
    If all three leagues were in the same city, they are competing for a lot of the same fan dollars.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

      The key part you mentioned is that True North owns the building, which not many places have. The ownership group makes money off of many things other than hockey, so having average attendance to the AHL games likely isnít much of a concern
      Yep. Because of that, there is no urgency for the Jets to move the Moose anywhere else. The two drivers for that would be finding an even better situation, or freeing up arena dates. Most arena operator would love having the extra 38 dates that the Moose provide, but it might not be as big of a deal in Winnipeg. MTS Place was one of the busiest arenas in Canada, even before they had an NHL and AHL team, so they might not be as worried about losing the guaranteed bookings as you'd think. However, it is pretty convenient for them that they can keep the arena in a hockey configuration for so much of the winter.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

        The key part you mentioned is that True North owns the building, which not many places have. The ownership group makes money off of many things other than hockey, so having average attendance to the AHL games likely isnít much of a concern
        Yep. Because of that, there is no urgency for the Jets to move the Moose anywhere else. The two drivers for relocating them would be finding an even better situation, or freeing up arena dates for more lucrative events.

        Most arena operator would love having the extra 38+ dates that the Moose provide, but it might not be as big of a deal in Winnipeg. MTS Place was one of the busiest arenas in Canada, even before they had an NHL and AHL team, so they might not be as worried about losing the guaranteed bookings as you'd think. However, it is pretty convenient for them that they can keep the arena in a hockey configuration for so much of the winter. The AHL may not be lucrative for them, but it also isn't costing them a whole lot.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Don Mega View Post

          If all three leagues were in the same city, they are competing for a lot of the same fan dollars.
          Theyíd actually be working together if they were owned by the same business group. Think of it as 3 different ways to bring in the same pool of fan money

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