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Can The South Survive

from the AP via The Dispatch,
When it comes to sports in the South, the tradition and history run thick: Football is akin to an autumn religion passed down through the generations, and NASCAR was born of good ol' boy moonshiners racing through the backwoods. But hockey? Pucks and sticks and big-league blue lines have been in the region little more than a decade, and the emotional ties to home ice may not be strong enough to overcome the bitterness of a labor battle that wiped out the entire 2004-05 NHL season. So it's in the South, where plenty of season-ticket holders are first-generation fans and few natives have played the game, that the NHL potentially faces its biggest battle reconnecting with fans.


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