5 of the top 6 teams in the NHL in terms of revenue are Canadian. The biggest hockey market in the world, by far, is in Toronto. NY supports 3 teams and LA supports 2.. Toronto has more then enough hockey crazed fans to support 2 teams.. I've read numerous articles with local businessmen, sports analysts and NHL representatives stating that a 2nd team in Toronto being a financial success is a no-brainer. The Leafs organization may have some objections (and they would likely be compensated in some way), but realistically they wouldn't be threatened when you consider the history and current position of the Leafs. In fact a city rivalry may actually be beneficial.
"Sports analyst 'guarantees' 2nd NHL team in Toronto"
"There's massive appetite for a second team in Toronto," said Global managing partner Don Mayo. "There's about 800,000 people in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) right now that have NHL hockey as a passion that haven't been able to attend a hockey game in the past two years."
Having the NHL's largest Canadian market all to themselves has been very good for the Leafs. But would they be hurt if another team set up shop nearby? The fact is, some of the richest franchises around share markets with other teams in the same sport. The New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Cubs are all prime examples - and none seem to have suffered one bit.
"I would expect that Toronto's got enough capacity for at least two teams, maybe two-and-a-half," said Harrison.
"They could put a second NHL team in, possibly even a third NHL team in with the demand in the GTA area," added Mayo.
Two more NHL governors said the league should put a second team in Toronto, although one of them said it should be by relocating an existing franchise rather than expanding.
"I don't think it can be an expansion team," a governor said. "We can't expand because we would be the laughingstock of professional sports. "We've got too many troubled franchises. We've got to look at relocating a couple of them. These franchises were troubled long before the economic downturn and next year is going to be worse on them."
And what about Hamilton, so often mentioned as a future NHL city and nearly the home of the Nashville Predators? For one, it would hurt the Buffalo Sabres. But this argument made us laugh:
"It's a minor-league town," the governor said of Hamilton. "How could we sell a team from Hamilton? Do you think the New York Rangers want to put the Hamilton Steelers on their marquee at Madison Square Garden? Do you think anyone in Manhattan would buy tickets to see them?"
I could insert a million quotes but those sum it up more or less.
Edited by njdevsftw, 27 February 2012 - 08:10 PM.