What effect would a small market battle have?

Can you just see it now? Tampa Bay vs. San Jose…… It may possibley be Bettman’s WORST NIGHTMARE.The NHL continues to have revenue issues, and I think many of us can agree that blame is shared here. Players demand higher salaries, GM’s pay it, etc, etc. However, the one area that could greatly impact the league is the results of the playoffs we are all so intently following.

Big Market teams, like Toronto, Philly, Detroit, and to a lesser extent, Calgary, could mean big bucks in Network revenue sharing. Toronto and Philly are fighting it out, and may represent the two most passionate NHL cities….. BUT Tampa looms for either team. In the meantime, Detroit is struggling against the Flames, and San Jose may be playing the best hockey of any team remaining. What COULD happen here, could have a devastating impact on the CBA to follow: Tampa hosting San Jose for Lord Stanley’s Cup……

Try to step back for a moment- we are all passionate hockey fans, and will likely watch what would be a wonderful match up of two young, athletic teams. BUT- will the average Joe care? No Canadian Team = less interest from the north. No major market team (or “bandwagon fan base”) will = less American interest. Less interest = less viewing = less revenue = more fuel to an already kindling fire.

I mean no disrespect to either San Jose, or Tampa, nor their fans. I just see this potential “mini-market” final as being a back breaker to the league’s already well do*****ented financial woes. It will be very difficult to convince regular Joes to sit down and watch the Lightning clash with the Sharks- I would even venture to guess that many would not know what city either team was from.

Can you just see it now? Tampa Bay vs. San Jose…… It may possibley be Bettman’s WORST NIGHTMARE.

The NHL continues to have revenue issues, and I think many of us can agree that blame is shared here. Players demand higher salaries, GM’s pay it, etc, etc. However, the one area that could greatly impact the league is the results of the playoffs we are all so intently following.

Big Market teams, like Toronto, Philly, Detroit, and to a lesser extent, Calgary, could mean big bucks in Network revenue sharing. Toronto and Philly are fighting it out, and may represent the two most passionate NHL cities….. BUT Tampa looms for either team. In the meantime, Detroit is struggling against the Flames, and San Jose may be playing the best hockey of any team remaining. What COULD happen here, could have a devastating impact on the CBA to follow: Tampa hosting San Jose for Lord Stanley’s Cup……

Try to step back for a moment- we are all passionate hockey fans, and will likely watch what would be a wonderful match up of two young, athletic teams. BUT- will the average Joe care? No Canadian Team = less interest from the north. No major market team (or “bandwagon fan base”) will = less American interest. Less interest = less viewing = less revenue = more fuel to an already kindling fire.

I mean no disrespect to either San Jose, or Tampa, nor their fans. I just see this potential “mini-market” final as being a back breaker to the league’s already well do*****ented financial woes. It will be very difficult to convince regular Joes to sit down and watch the Lightning clash with the Sharks- I would even venture to guess that many would not know what city either team was from.