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Old 03-12-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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I live in Columbus, Ohio. We have Ohio State football and basketball. For all intents and purposes they are major league teams. ESPN talks about college football and basketball while barely mentioning the NHL. If you don't think that says something, think again.

This does not stop me from being a Blue Jackets fan over the years. Of course there is one big problem... the Blue Jackets stink. I live ten miles from Columbus in a suburb, and I can smell them from my house. Last year they made the playoff for the first time in their nine year existence. Once they qualified for the playoffs a few weeks from season's end, they shut it down. Consequently they lost almost all their remaining regular season games, and then quietly exited the playoffs without a win, 0-4. This year they again won't make the playoffs. I think they are currently the only team in the NHL never to have won a playoff game. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

The team wants to renegotiate the lease to the arena in which they play. Like everywhere else, the recession has made dollars hard to come by, and the team is financially hurting. I have written in various Blue Jackets blogs that should the team leave Columbus, I wish them well, but I doubt I will shed a tear. Their existence here has been torturous in many ways.
Their leaving would be a little like putting a suffering animal to death. Actually there are a lot of suffering animals. They are the Blue Jackets fans.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I live in Columbus, Ohio. We have Ohio State football and basketball. For all intents and purposes they are major league teams. ESPN talks about college football and basketball while barely mentioning the NHL. If you don't think that says something, think again.

This does not stop me from being a Blue Jackets fan over the years. Of course there is one big problem... the Blue Jackets stink. I live ten miles from Columbus in a suburb, and I can smell them from my house. Last year they made the playoff for the first time in their nine year existence. Once they qualified for the playoffs a few weeks from season's end, they shut it down. Consequently they lost almost all their remaining regular season games, and then quietly exited the playoffs without a win, 0-4. This year they again won't make the playoffs. I think they are currently the only team in the NHL never to have won a playoff game. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

The team wants to renegotiate the lease to the arena in which they play. Like everywhere else, the recession has made dollars hard to come by, and the team is financially hurting. I have written in various Blue Jackets blogs that should the team leave Columbus, I wish them well, but I doubt I will shed a tear. Their existence here has been torturous in many ways.
Their leaving would be a little like putting a suffering animal to death. Actually there are a lot of suffering animals. They are the Blue Jackets fans.
An NHL team in Columbus was Gary Bettmans vision of expansion in the NHL.....I have no idea why he felt a city that can't support any of other major sports teams would be willing to or could financially support an NHL team but he took the 50 million dollar franchise fee ?
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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An NHL team in Columbus was Gary Bettmans vision of expansion in the NHL.....I have no idea why he felt a city that can't support any of other major sports teams would be willing to or could financially support an NHL team but he took the 50 million dollar franchise fee ?
Good point. Bettmans solution will be to move the team to Kansas City.

Why can't they (NHL) move some of these teams back to canadian cities? Winnipeg, Quebec City, Hamilton..
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Good point. Bettmans solution will be to move the team to Kansas City.

Why can't they (NHL) move some of these teams back to canadian cities? Winnipeg, Quebec City, Hamilton..
Hamilton may be an option as its close to Toronto but NHL teams have already failed in Kansas City, Winnipeg and Quebec.....why would anyone place a team there again when nothing has changed but expect different results.....thats just plain stupidity.
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