I love the city of Toronto and many people who live there. Also, any reason to read Eric Duhatschek on hockey is a good thing. So it was interesting to read that one of his long-time pet topics has quietly bubbled to life in the NHL: a second team for the Toronto area.
There's a couple of things going on here:
- Toronto's is North America's fifth largest market and could support three NHL teams, let alone two;
- The six Canadian teams (v. 24 in the U.S.) comprise 31% of the league's ticket revenues, the league's primary income source;
- The NHL owes an enormous make-good to Blackberry inventor Jim Balsillie for
tortiously interfering withdiscouraging his attempt to buy the Predators last year, perhaps to move them to Hamilton.
BTW, Torontonians: instead of cramming another team in the Air Canada Centre, why not put them in the
It's all very Gary Bettman-like: I shall hold you in contempt, Canada, until I require your new