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A Good Time To Sell The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Don’t be fooled by the $430 million Forbes estimated the team to be worth last month – the Flames wouldn’t sell for a dime less than the newly-pegged cost of starting a franchise from scratch. (Minus sizeable NHL transfer fees, of course.)

After all, there’s far more value in acquiring a team with proven, marketable superstars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and backed by a solid team and front office that knows the business inside out.

Fact is, we’ll eventually reach the point in this dangerous game of chicken that the most logical solution may just be to sell.

It certainly is the easiest.

After all, it’s only worth the two-thirds of a billion dollars if you sell it.

It’s worth a fraction of that in Calgary, where the political and business climate is such that the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.

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HaHasek's avatar

PSA: Eric Francis writes for the Flames ownership and the NHL head office. Read this as if it is a press release from the Flames/NHL.

Posted by HaHasek on 12/11/17 at 05:24 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

And the Sun is pretty a far right wing paper while Nenshi is pretty left wing politically.  Makes him an easy target for Sun journalists.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/11/17 at 06:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

No idea what their political ways are Canuck…, but the tweets from Eric Francis the past year say otherwise, very against the right in the US.

It is one thing I will never understand, why Canadians feel they have to let their views be known on American politics.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/11/17 at 06:23 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

It is one thing I will never understand, why Canadians feel they have to let their views be known on American politics.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/11/17 at 05:23 PM ETIt is one thing I will never understand, why Canadians feel they have to let their views be known on American politics.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/11/17 at 05:23 PM ET

Part of it is that whatever is going on down there tends to affect us up here more times than not whether that is intended for not.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/11/17 at 06:32 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The Canadian take I’ve seen on politics has been…obnoxious.  Sort of like some of the Europeans I’ve spoken to.  I think they all get their political news from Yahoo.

the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.

I remember the good old days when we played Calgary - the games were always hard fought, but clean, with some heavy hits.  Kipprusoff always brought his best against the Wings, and that stadium was always rocking.  Both teams have changed a lot since then, moving from big bodied guys to smaller young guns.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/11/17 at 06:41 PM ET

HaHasek's avatar

Kipper!

Calgary is still a fine hockey city. If the Flames have outgrown the 4th largest population in Canada, that’s just a sign that the NHL would rather focus on larger markets where the sport is less popular, and simply play a numbers game.

That’s their business strategy, and fine, but for a writer to jump from that to blaming a mayor…it’s willingly ignorant writing.

Posted by HaHasek on 12/11/17 at 08:53 PM ET

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It is one thing I will never understand, why Canadians feel they have to let their views be known on American politics.

This isn’t unique to Canadians. People in the USA do more than their fair share of speaking out about foreign politics.

It’s an interconnected world. Politics in one country can and do affect those in other countries. Speaking up is a necessity.

 

Posted by evileye on 12/12/17 at 11:14 AM ET

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