Wednesday November 23, 2005
NHL or MLB?
I heard a lot of feedback regarding the conversations we had yesterday, and my opinion that the NHL or MLB will be here within a few years. Common thoughts were:
"We hate hockey, why hockey?" or "We suck as a sports town and would never support baseball."
Well, some may hate hockey, and some may doubt the ability to support a second major league sport. But here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1) As John Hunt pointed out in the Oregonian today, not many towns in this country watch baseball as much as Portland, as was proven in the World Series this year. On top of that, the television and radio numbers for the Mariners are always good. In fact, even with the horrible season they had this year, the numbers were up on the radio compared to one year ago.
2) The team that does come here, whether it be hockey or baseball, will have revenue streams not available in it's current situation. If it is baseball, the stadium will provide those. If it is hockey, the only way a team comes is if the luxury suite and premium seating revenue streams that the Blazers gave up with the building are available.
I think it really is a race. The market is too big for one team, and the only question is what sport will it be? My bet is hockey, but we will see.
Three words: Outside of Philly, WHO REALLY CARES? Why does the rest of the country care? Why do I care? Actually, I don't. And he didn't really lose. Not when he collects 1 million dollars for NOT playing.