All good points.
I guess I'm a purist of sorts. Regardless of what happens in America with these smaller markets and the NHL's bottom line, nothing will change in Toronto. Same with Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit. These are hockey cities. You don't need to market the game here, it sells itself, as it should.
The thing with Balsilie, whether the economics necessarily add up or not, is that I'm sure he would be more then happy to loose money on a team, year in - year out. He wants in because he's a Canadian boy who loves the game. Not because its a sound investment or that he thinks he might break even. These are the types of owners the NHL needs. Not investment groups who rely on subsidies from the city and revenue sharing just to exist.
In regards to the MLSE situation, I would love if a grassroots campaign was started to pool funds together and purchase the team. Imagine. The Leafs, Raptors and TFC all owned by the fans. Amazing. It's been done before (in different sports, on a smaller scale), but if it ever were to happen with hockey, Toronto would be the city to pull it off I reckon.
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