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Champions Hockey League 2018-2019

Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Jussi, May 16, 2018.

  1. albator71

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    but after only 1 year? what did Gazprom expect the return to be after only the 1st season of CHL? it takes time to for the a "new" league to generate interest. when you start a new company you are not going to generate millions of dollars of revenue right away, it takes time to build, but i guess Gazprom did not truly believe in the CHL.
     
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    Which is why the clubs decided to take matters into their own hands and build a new CHL with a base that isn't going to fall apart if one sponsor leaves without warning. All the founding memeber put in a stake, got automatic qualifying for a few years in return. Now since they have to succeed domestically to qualify, it's up to them to perform well enough.
     
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    Maybe they seriously overestimated popularity of hockey in Europe. It practically doesn't exist for common public of big countries and even in so called "hockey countries" it's never number 1 team sport. Except probably in Finland. So spending more than 10 millions of dollars on such tournament was apparent mistake from the start. They saw it after first year and cut it off. Which was completely justified business decision. They would be stupid if they didn't do that as this tournament would never justify that cost for them. It's common thing in business - you have idea, you spend money to realize it, it fails and you cut the losses. There's really no need to seek any conspiracy in all of this.
     
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    And I agree with that. CHL 2008 was pure hubris from all sides involved.
     
  5. Jussi

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    A thinking which seems to be around even today amoong those clamouring for a pan-continental hockey league. Hockey just is a sport that relies hevily on local rivalries on a continent ruled by football. The CHL needs years for anything outside of that to develop into something fans want to watch. Back in the 90's seeing Jokerit play in the European Cup was refreshing because access to hockey was very limited. Not thr same world anymore.
     
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    That is one explanation.

    Another explanation could be, as usual, that Europeans wanted to control the competition (Russians would have no word in decision making) and Russians (Gazprom) would pay for it. Of course, Russians did not agree.
     
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    :laugh: I'm fairly sure there's a term for this kind of double speculation.
     
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