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Canadian Team's Future In Jeopardy As Gary Bettman Plans To Move Franchise

Published February 23, 2024 at 3:12 PM

A Canadian team is facing a possible relocation according to recent reports as Gary Bettman plans to meet with owners in the near future.

Bettman Monitoring Downwards Trend In Ticket Sales For The Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are facing a critical challenge as their ticket sales have experienced a significant decline over the past three years, raising concerns about the team's future in the city. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is closely monitoring the situation and will visit Winnipeg on Tuesday to discuss the matter with key corporate sponsors.

Chris Johnston on Insider Trading says NHL is monitoring the situation in Winnipeg, they have seen an above 30% drop in the last 3 years in their ticket base. Gary Bettman will be in Winnipeg on Tuesday to meet with some of the team's important corporate sponsors.

The drop in attendance, which surpasses 30% over the mentioned period, has sparked discussions about the team's viability in Winnipeg. Some have questioned whether Bettman's handling of the situation contrasts with the support shown to other struggling franchises, like the Coyotes.

Jets owner Mark Chipman acknowledges the urgency of the situation, emphasizing the need for change to ensure the team's long-term sustainability. Chipman stated that reaching the target of 13,000 attendees is crucial for the team's viability in the long run.

"I wouldn't be honest with you if I didn't say, 'We've got to get back to 13,000,'" Chipman said. "This place we find ourselves in right now, it's not going to work over the long haul. It just isn't."

As talks of NHL expansion continue, the situation in Winnipeg underscores the importance of addressing attendance issues to secure the team's future amidst growing competition in the league.
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Canadian Team's Future In Jeopardy As Gary Bettman Plans To Move Franchise

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