Thursday, November 1, 2007

Detroit out, St. Paul in as Hockeytown, U.S.A.

Interesting article. This doesn't fit neatly in with our D.C. sports theme but I can't help pointing out how stupid the classification of Tampa Bay is.

For those interested, Washington falls into the following category:

They are what they are: Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York City, Washington. All big metro centers where there's strong competition for disposable income. Hard to carve out a niche and claim to be No. 1 compared to everything else that's going on.

My main issue is with Tampa Bay's classification:

Nice try, but this doesn't really work: Florida, Phoenix, Tampa Bay. Non-traditional markets that might join the endangered list after attention is diverted from Nashville.

Tampa Bay's attendance rankings:

2005-2006: 2nd (20,509)
2006-2007: 3rd (19,876)
2007-2008: 6th (19,175)


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