With the ongoing situation with PHX coyotes & recent headlines that both St. Louis Blues & ATL Thrashers are forsale & the mess called the NY Islanders owner wanting help & new arena. Atlanta owners say they've lost $130 million last 5 seasons. With the current economy in general across north america, is it surprising that no pro team in any of the 4 major sports hasn't folded up shop & faded into memory? All 4 pro sports NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA & Nascar ,over expanded when things were BOOMING & now the product on the field/court/rink etc could be better, much better if some teams folded & stopped losing money hand over fist?
NHL has 30 teams, Atlanta doesn't draw well, owners trying to sell to locals, time running out to keep team there, if they move that will be 2nd NHL team to leave Atlanta ( Flames ). Florida Panthers don't draw very well either way too much competition in south beach, Dolphins, Heat, weather, & residents of Miami are 2 classes RICH or poverty line poor...heck even tampa bay hasn't drawn very well & they have star attractions....in the west you have the whole PHX situation, & i'd throw in Nashville & Columbus as teams that probably should have never been brought to life...Of course Bettman would never allow it, he's too short sighted to see that yes it would hurt in the short time but in the long haul would be better for the sport by the overall quality of teams & play.
NFL How many teams had blackouts this past season? Jacksonville is a college town, the only time they fill the stadium is when the STEELERS play there, they don't even fill it when big bad PEYTON Manning comes to town.
NBA I finished HS in myrtle beach, sc & would drive to charlotte, nc to watch the Hornets play the big teams i.e. MJ & da BULLS., they relocate to Nawlins, & now the NBA is bascially running that team now. Seattle is now Okl. city, & Sac kings are rumored to be on the move soon. Too many teams, not enough QUALITY talent to fill the rosters. And then Stern decides to give Charlotte a 2nd NBA team to BET owner Robert Johnson who quickly figured out how to weasel the city of charlotte to build a new arena put a less then productive team on display & then sell to MJ who is doing slightly more, but still not remotely competitive teams. AGAIN like jacksonville, fl, Charlotte NC is a college town when it comes to basketball. You have DUKE< UNC< CLEMSON< USC, WAKE FORREST, NC STATE, all within 3 or 4 hrs of charlotte.
MLB is such a MESS, I think I've made my point without having to wrap my brain around this LEAGUE....
what do you all think?