tlef316 wrote:nothing against canada here. The one thing that bothers me is that they didnt support the expos. The team was on a great track when the strike hit. It cost them a shot at the series, and the fans never came back
That upsets me too. It is the same thing with the Hockey and basketball teams. You guys just don't seem to want it enough.
I dunno, I don't know of any city that would've supported a team after they had their best chance at a World Series stolen from them, the team dismantled repeatedly so that it turned into a farm team for the rest of the league, and playing out of a dark indoor stadium that was unquestionably the worst in the major leagues. Why would any fan invest their money or emotions into a situation like that?..
As for the basketball stuff, the Van. Grizzlies were perpetually horrible (60 losses every year), so hard for anybody to support them. The expansion rules when them and the Raptors came in were deliberately designed so that neither team could be competitive for the first several years. So the Raptors have had it tough too, but still have decent attendance considering how much they lose.
Re: the hockey, there is little doubt that Quebec City and Winnipeg could support a hockey team (attendance-wise) better than probably at least 1/3 of the cities currently in the league. Why they're in traditional hockey markets like Raleigh/Nashville/Florida instead you'd have to ask Gary Bettman and his team of visionaries..