YOU WANT AN NHL TEAM IN WINNIPEG?

by Ron Spence

Not to be negative, but the Moose were playing  in the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals on tuesday night. 

It was game two, the Moose had lost a squeaker against Hershey over the weekend, and there 15.003 seats for sale. 

How many attended the game – maybe the last Calder Cup contest to be played in Winnipeg this season?

Only 14,737. 

Now this is 14,737 from a population of  633,451 – according to the 2006 census.

Also, the Winnipeg Sun announced that there were tickets available in an article today. So it wasn’t as though the sports fans of Winnipeg didn’t know that they could buy seats:

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If the people of Winnipeg can’t fully attend a playoff finals contest, how can they support an NHL team for 42 home games?

It doesn’t look good.

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Now, the positive note is that the Manitoban economy is in good shape.

The Conference Board of Canada projects Manitoba to have a slight growth of 1% in these times of a great depression.

This has largely been powered by tax cuts and infrastructure projects.

Jack Mintz, public policy professor at the University of Calgary,” wrote the Financial Post, “said Manitoba was, along with Ontario, considered a high-tax jurisdiction for business investment. But the government has moved and Manitoba’s marginal effective tax rate on investment dropped from 37% in 2007 to 33.8% last year. It is now scheduled to fall to 26.7% by 2012.

“It is on the high side, but it will be closer to the national average” in 2012,Mr. Mintz said. “From the point of view of people who need to make investment decisions now, they know these changes are in place over the next several years. So Manitoba looks more appealing.”

Really important is that Manitoba has a highly diversified economy.

“Roughly 30% of its economy is agriculture, which is more resilient to economic downturns. Further, Manitoba has a diversified manufacturing base with aerospace and buses playing key roles – and, unlike autos, demand for those products continues to be fairly solid.”

But, most important, Manitoba has a whole bunch of cheap hydro at a time when people aren’t trusting Ontario’s power grid.

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So, the economy is positive in Manitoba, but there don’t seem to be enough dedicated hockey fans to fill a potential 25,000 seat arena.

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courtesy of thesportsroadtrip.com

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If you are interested in what Winnipeg’s hockey fans have to say, read: THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

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