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Re: The Yellow Away Kit may be a thing of the past
Posted by: RadioFreeArsenal
Date: 22/05/2012 01:49
I'm taking a break from office space for this.

It's not that they have to be that congested - its that they choose to be and still succeed and thrive.

The point is all these places want their own clubs even if there are several other clubs within a few miles of their clubs location in any direction.

There is no better example of the difference than Hartford Connecticut where I live to Illustrate the difference here.

In the 1980's we had our own NHL Franchise the Hartford Whalers. But the franchse couldn't last here ultimately because while the community eagerly welcomed the team and supported for several years the rerality was it was in amrket where most traditional hocky fans already had alliegances to established teams Like The Boston Bruins(102 Miles away), the New York Rangers(120 miles away), the New York Islanders (132 miles away) and the New Jersey Devils 126 miles away.

The Hartford Whalers couldn't build a sufficient-sized fan base to keep the team in Hartford despite not having a single team located closer than 100 miles to Metroplitan Hartford and only four teams within 150 miles in any direction.

In U.S. sports you create a team and build a market. That is why teams can leave locations and go to other cities and start over with relative success and frequency.

European football Clubs were built by the market then became businesses after that. European football Clubs are like traditional local family business rather than large multinational corprations and that interpersonal relationship between in this case the community and the Club is the major and defining difference.

There's an Arsenal Fish Bar in Highbury. I doubt there's gonna be a Halliburton Fish Bar near their new Headquarters in Dubai. There's the Gunners's Pub in Highbury across from the Arsenal Tavern in Highbury. Call it a hunch but I don't think there's an Unregulated Investors pub across from the J.P. Morgan Tavern Jamie Dimon can choose to walk over to before heading home. There was concern all up up and down the BlackStock Road because Arsenal was moving to a new stadium five minutes away by footfrom the old one .

Just because you and Stan Kroenke and maybe even the late Dan Fiszman want to think Arsenal Football Club is no different than RJR/Nabisco or whatever it might be called now doesn't make it so.

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