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Florida"s Viability in the NHL




Good Morning All! Well, I have been keeping myself up to date with the Coyotes ownership situation, and it doesn't look like theres gonna be a silver lining anytime soon. But forget about that, I want to rant about Florida. As a diehard season ticket holder to the Thrashers (Sec. 312, Row G, Seat 9-10) I was pretty crushed that they made the move to Winnipeg but all is forgiven. I am happy that they now have a rowdy and passionate fan base, and I get to go to my first ever Jets game Sat, April 20 vs the Isles!!! So stoked, but I digress...

I was combing on Stubhub this morning to look at Panthers prices, and I could purchase a ticket for $2.55 in sec.422 row 9. Front Row glass seats for $125. Tickets to see the Jets-Lightning are a little more expensive, starting at $19. When the Jets return to play the panthers on Friday, tickets start at $3.00. I could watch the Jets play 3 times, pay for parking, beer, and hotdogs for less than 1 ticket to see the Jets play at Winnipeg, if your lucky to grab a ticket.

My question then: How does the NHL let this "fly under the radar" so to speak? Is this a known problem league wide? And if tickets are so dirt cheap, how come they are playing in less than half empty arenas? Is it not the goal to get struggling teams off revenue sharing and to become financially viable? I get that Bettman doesn't want his Sun-Belt expansion to be seen as a failure, but I think he should cut his losses now and move these teams. Personally I don't care where, be it more Canadian teams or more US teams. So I guess my real question is, with the vote on realignment coming soon, and seeing how FL and Tampa are grouped with NorthWest teams, is that a signal that change is imminent? and is Bettman willing to piss off the Snowbirds who live in FL in the winter in order to please diehards in Quebec City or perhaps Hamilton?

Thanks and GO JETS GO

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