I was hoping to start a discussion of Major Junior (OHL, WHL and QMJHL) vs Minor Pro (AHL and ECHL) from a business standpoint. From a non-business standpoint, I personally find Major Junior much more entertaining/exciting to watch. Sure the talent isn't as polished, but it's just more fun to watch for some reason. Which leagues have better revenue/earning potential. Which teams cost more to run? Do many AHL/ECHL teams have valuable TV deals or are they mainly broadcast on community cable like Major Junior? AHL/ECHL Salaries are obviously higher than the stipends earned by Junior Hockey players but as I understand it, the parent NHL team pays most of those expenses. AHL/ECHL teams have much higher travel expenses. I've been unable to find any good examples of where a Major Junior team and Minor Pro team compete for market share. Unfortunately, the Portland Winterhawks play in a different Portland than the Portland Pirates. I guess my question is, if you are a multimillionaire interesting in owning a profitable team, what would you rather own, an AHL/ECHL team? Or an OHL/WHL/QMJHL team? If you lived in a city that is obviously too small for the NHL, what would you consider to be the preferable alternative, Major Junior or Minor Pro?