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What if the AHL was able to negotiate a 500 million dollar tv deal with a network looking for Sports Programming? The NHL teams would break away to form their own developmental league. But the remaining teams in big markets and some teams from the ECHL would be enough to go Major League. There are a lot of markets starving for hockey that can't get a sniff of NHL. Some in cold weather areas that would embrace hockey. Much like Hartford. 

Perhaps a Network like Fox would be interested since they will have money once the Disney Deal is finalized and will need content with 20th Century Fox in Disney's hands. 

The upgraded League could look like this: ( former team name and league for moved teams)

Chicago Wolves

San Antonio  Rampage

Cleveland Munsters

Charlotte Checkers

San Diego Gulls

Providence Reds (Providence Bruins)

Houston Aeros  (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)

Quebec Vikings (Rockford Icehogs, settlement with city that owns team)

Seattle Admirals (Millwakee Admirals)

Connecticut Whale (Springfield Thunderbirds)

New York Thunder (Hershey Bears, settlement with Hershey Company)

San Diego Gulls

Kansas City Mavericks ( ECHL)

Orlando Solar Bears ( ECHL)

Markets that lost AHL teams could become part of AHL developmental league or could join new NHL D League (or ECHL). 

 

 

 

 

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What if the AHL was able to negotiate a 500 million dollar tv deal with a network looking for Sports Programming? The NHL teams would break away to form their own developmental league. But the remaining teams in big markets and some teams from the ECHL would be enough to go Major League. There are a lot of markets starving for hockey that can't get a sniff of NHL. Some in cold weather areas that would embrace hockey. Much like Hartford. 

Perhaps a Network like Fox would be interested since they will have money once the Disney Deal is finalized and will need content with 20th Century Fox in Disney's hands. 

The upgraded League could look like this: ( former team name and league for moved teams)

Chicago Wolves

San Antonio  Rampage

Cleveland Munsters

Charlotte Checkers

San Diego Gulls

Providence Reds (Providence Bruins)

Houston Aeros  (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)

Quebec Vikings (Rockford Icehogs, settlement with city that owns team)

Seattle Admirals (Millwakee Admirals)

Connecticut Whale (Springfield Thunderbirds)

New York Thunder (Hershey Bears, settlement with Hershey Company)

San Diego Gulls

Kansas City Mavericks ( ECHL)

Orlando Solar Bears ( ECHL)

Would Cleveland's logo have Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie or Marilyn in it? Or would they use a logo of the whole family?

When the two San Diego Gulls teams played each other in San Diego, would the teams use separate locker rooms? Or would they just all cram into the one San Diego Gulls home locker room?

If the Houston Rockets' owner relocates NHL team like Arizona or Carolina to Houston, where would the Houston Aeros move?

Jerry Bruckheimer and David Bonderman and Oak View Group just turned in their completed NHL expansion application and a $10 million deposit. If Seattle looks like it is going to get a NHL team, why would the Admirals want to leave Milwaukee?

Would New York Thunder share Madison Square Garden with NHL Rangers, share new Belmont arena with NHL Islanders, share Prudential Center with NHL Devils, share Barclays Center with NBA Nets, or move into N*****au Coliseum when Islanders leave for Belmont? 

     

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People aren't even watching the NHL in high levels in many markets let alone going or caring about the AHL lol. With more 17 and 18 year olds going straight to the NHL the AHL has become less appealing as it was 15 years ago. Fox or any major sports network would never pay for the option to host a selection of AHL games.

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The NHL has enough problems between teams in financial difficulty, to teams wanting new buildings (Arizona, Calgary, Ottawa) to the ratings situation, as Monizzle suggested.

Think about this...the NHL could be facing a postseason without 3 of the league's most watched teams...Detroit, Chicago, and the Rangers.  In fact, it's possible NONE of the NY metro teams could make the playoffs, as it stands right now, only the Devils would get in.

In short...this discussion is about as lame as Frank's "new logo for the Booster Club" discussion.

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That was just a rough draft idea in terms of actual teams. Although I did research to see what AHL teams were independently owned.  It wouldn't have to be like that. If one of the cities got NHL teams than another plan  would have to be made. 

I was thinking that a lot of groups that NHL groups that NHL wasn't giving a chance might be interested in getting involved. Also due to the insane expansion fees. Of course the smaller owners of said teams wpuld have to agree to sell their teams and would want there cut of the hypothetical tv deal on their way out. So it would be complicated. ts also possible for the bigger market owners to form a new league and expand with others. 

I absolutely did intend for the new Houston team to end up being owned by the Rocket's ownership somehow. 

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5 hours ago, Whalerwatch said:

That was just a rough draft idea in terms of actual teams. Although I did research to see what AHL teams were independently owned.  It wouldn't have to be like that. If one of the cities got NHL teams than another plan  would have to be made. 

I was thinking that a lot of groups that NHL groups that NHL wasn't giving a chance might be interested in getting involved. Also due to the insane expansion fees. Of course the smaller owners of said teams wpuld have to agree to sell their teams and would want there cut of the hypothetical tv deal on their way out. So it would be complicated. ts also possible for the bigger market owners to form a new league and expand with others. 

I absolutely did intend for the new Houston team to end up being owned by the Rocket's ownership somehow. 

The issue is there is no money in minor league anything weather it be football, baseball, baksetball or hockey. Investment groups want to make money plain and simple. They want a city to bend over and **nd most of the arena so they can stay billionaires and if things go south the city gets screwed over. We are seeing thing ever more present with MLS soccer and of course all the major sports.

A new hockey league is bound to fail and be worse than the AHL. Again there isn't a large fan desire for regular season minor league hockey. Without demand and disposable income going a certain way your rough draft or any idea like this is doomed to fail.

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