I do not take responsiblity for this suggestion, it was my father who proposed this to me. However, he believes that the NHL would be best with the 16 teams that are making the most money and are the most economically sound. There should be no salary cap, and no need because only financially solid teams would be in the league, and in this way the talent pool is not diluted at all. This would make for more exiting hockey and a greater appeal to the game. He is not concerned with losing 14 cities and believes that they will remain big hockey fans, buy merchandise and adjust to the lack of team their city. He also believes that the teams would be able to keep up with the pay and there would be just as much parity as there is now. There would be no need for revenue sharing and the entire NHL would be bringing in more money.
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I disagree on a few counts. First, I dont think there would be as much parity because there will still be higher and lower tier teams and the level of parity existant now is remarkable. I dont think that the NHL will make more money as a whole because the merchandise and ticket sales will drop durastically in the exiled cities and salsries would go up with the lack of salary cap. Most importantly, I dont think that the loyal fans of Pittsburgh, Islanders, Atlanta, Tampa, Florida, Washington, Carolina, Columbus, Nashville, San Jose, Anaheim, LA and St. Louis (as he listed to me) would be too happy with losing a team. I dont care how much you improve the game, I would not cut off half of the NHL cities from having an NHL team. Ironically, he is an Islanders fan but said he would give up his team for a better NHL and root for the Canadians.
So I ask you for your opnion. Yay or nay for a 16 team NHL. Why or why not?
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