The following was sent to me from Christopher and it examines the question of how many teams could Canada support. The numbers got crunched, and it’s all extremely interesting. Winnipeg would be a nice start, but there’s obviously room for a lot more in this great country than just one.
Thanks for this, Christopher.
I’ve sent you a few comments before about The Agenda with Steve Paiken. Wednesday night he had an interview with Tony Keller from the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto who has recently published a paper on The New Economics of the NHL: Why Canada can support 12 teams. How do we get Gary Bettman to watch it.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the paper
– The most successful Canadian teams, in contrast, receive negative net dollars from the league—the Leafs, Canadiens and Canucks are likely paying more to the league than they are receiving, with their revenue share payments being greater than their share of national TV revenues.
– The Coyotes are likely receiving more money from Canadian fans than they earn from local ticket sales.
– Being Canadian is even more important than size. Compared to the average city in the US, we estimate that being in Canada provides an additional $23 million in gate revenues, when controlling for the size of the city.
You can see the video on the TVO episode page by clicking here – Twelve Canadian Teams
Or download the 64.5 MB video here
Here’s a PDF of the paper, it’s long but very interesting right here
Just a word of warning, stop watching about 10 seconds before the end when he asks about this years Stanley Cup final. I’ve always known and tolerated that Steve’s a Leaf fan like most people from the area. His final comment was a shock, I’m going to have to rethink what shows I watch.