The joke, of course, is that "At last! Toronto gets a pro hockey team!" As for Las Vegas, I think it makes more sense as a home for a hockey team than a lot of southern US cities.
So when does Calgary get a pro team?As for Vegas, I'm going to borrow someone else's thought on this; with the weird service economy that Vegas has, is there the potential of a steady fanbase that can support a team year round for all those 7 PM games?
That was way harsh, Tai. (Although, frankly, the only hockey game in Calgary each season that I care about is when the Bruins come to town.)
I'm sure part of the model would be that casinos would buy many of the tickets and use them as comps/incentives for high rollers.
Four teams by 3 years seems like a stretch - they'd be better off going with just QC and SEA. I wonder where the Toronto New Leafs are going to play - guess it works for 3 teams to share an arena in the Staples center, so maybe the Raptors move to Montreal? Team in Vegas is stupid. I thought Kansas City was pretty desperate to get an NHL team; wonder what happened there, other than being Kansas City.
How do you just add another franchise into a city like Toronto with an established base? I mean the Mets were a proxy, I assume, for Giants and Dodgers fans who couldn't switch loyalties to the Yankees for all of the compelling moral reasons. But you couldn't really add a second MLB team in, say, Boston these days and expect to get much traction. You couldn't add a third team in Chicago.
But doesn't that highlight how Vegas has to import most if not all agricultural products?
Can't we just combine the terrible Cubs and Sox?