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(Pro Hockey Talk)   Former L.A. Kings executive says that Los Angeles is not a hockey town. Actually, with the Dodgers, Angels, Clippers and Lakers it's also not a professional sports town   (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com) divider line 34
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2013-06-17 08:45:24 AM
Angels

Say what now?
 
2013-06-17 08:49:01 AM
There's always the Galaxy.
 
2013-06-17 09:29:45 AM
There's always USC.
 
2013-06-17 09:45:35 AM
NYC isn't really a hockey town either, but in both cases, if you have enough people, it doesn't really matter.
 
2013-06-17 09:45:36 AM
Can't be a sports town without an NFL:franchise.  Sorry, but that's just the rules.
 
2013-06-17 09:58:02 AM
Could be worse. Everyone in LA is apathetic, which seems like a better result than what happened to Pierre McGuire. Everyone in the city of Hartford actively hated him.

Circa 1994 - Mcguire's Tenure A Bad Situation
 
2013-06-17 09:59:29 AM
Cue Canadian anti-Southern expansion butthurt in 3, 2....
 
2013-06-17 10:27:05 AM

fatalvenom: Cue Canadian anti-Southern expansion butthurt in 3, 2....


Expansion?

The Kings are older than most of the Canadian teams currently in the league.
 
2013-06-17 10:43:50 AM

Gonz: There's always the Galaxy.


Except they're in a crappy funk, too. Omar Gonzales is like, 10x as important as David Beckham ever was. (And Robbie Keane is also out).
 
2013-06-17 10:49:35 AM

Doc Daneeka: fatalvenom: Cue Canadian anti-Southern expansion butthurt in 3, 2....

Expansion?

The Kings are older than most of the Canadian teams currently in the league.


It's going to be awesome when the Coyotes finally move and it isn't to Canada
 
2013-06-17 11:01:42 AM
So he operates the team on the cheap for years, ensures they're not competitive until he has new higher ups, goes to Canada, and stokes their anti-sunbelt ego.

Yup, sounds about right.
 
2013-06-17 11:13:33 AM

soopey: Could be worse. Everyone in LA is apathetic, which seems like a better result than what happened to Pierre McGuire. Everyone in the city of Hartford hockey actively hated hates him.

Circa 1994 - Mcguire's Tenure A Bad Situation


FTFReality
 
2013-06-17 11:14:36 AM
There are 800,000 Canadians living in the Los Angeles area, and I've just discovered why they left Canada. They hate hockey.

-Former LA Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke.
 
2013-06-17 11:16:32 AM

Doc Daneeka: fatalvenom: Cue Canadian anti-Southern expansion butthurt in 3, 2....

Expansion?

The Kings are older than most of the Canadian teams currently in the league.


I know that, but it usually doesn't stop the butthurt.
 
2013-06-17 11:19:54 AM
Trojans?
 
2013-06-17 11:39:27 AM

legion_of_doo: Trojans?


No, thanks. Got some already.
 
2013-06-17 11:40:54 AM
They need to bring the Raiders back so they can have a winn...oh, wait.
 
2013-06-17 12:12:16 PM
Just to backup something he said, I remember seeing a former friend of mine who lives in LA tweet something celebrating the Kings Cup win last year. I then responded to that by saying "Don't be celebrating a team winning the Stanley Cup when you've never watched a hockey game in your life."
 
2013-06-17 01:06:25 PM
#1 sport in LA is celebrity gossip.
 
2013-06-17 01:41:14 PM
Fark Tim Leiweke

also,

desertgeek: Just to backup something he said, I remember seeing a former friend of mine who lives in LA tweet something celebrating the Kings Cup win last year. I then responded to that by saying "Don't be celebrating a team winning the Stanley Cup when you've never watched a hockey game in your life."


Why in the world did you two break it off?
 
2013-06-17 01:43:43 PM
If your fans need cheering hints from Eric Cartman, you are not a hockey town.
 
2013-06-17 01:46:00 PM

Doc Daneeka: NYC isn't really a hockey town either, but in both cases, if you have enough people, it doesn't really matter.


Exactly.

You need to fill 20,000 seats (and actually you can make money with even less) 41 times a year and sell a few dozen corporate boxes.

Cities the size of New York and Los Angeles can do this without breaking a sweat.

Phoenix/Glendale, maybe not so much. Yeah, OK. Let's not go there.

/picks at the open sore
 
2013-06-17 01:50:14 PM
Disregarding everything about hard numbers and statistics; Staples is never louder than at a Kings game.
 
2013-06-17 01:55:56 PM
This would be a wonderful headline if subby was from Pittsburg.
 
2013-06-17 02:58:43 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Can't be a sports town without an NFL:franchise.  Sorry, but that's just the rules.


Oakland is a pretty good sports town.
 
2013-06-17 03:15:56 PM

Lunchlady: Disregarding everything about hard numbers and statistics; Staples is never louder than at a Kings game.


This.
 
2013-06-17 03:29:40 PM

desertgeek: Just to backup something he said, I remember seeing a former friend of mine who lives in LA tweet something celebrating the Kings Cup win last year. I then responded to that by saying "Don't be celebrating a team winning the Stanley Cup when you've never watched a hockey game in your life."


This should be repeated to every celebrity during the Kings' Stanley Cup run last year.
 
2013-06-17 03:36:12 PM
Dear Subby,

The Angels is in Anaheim. Despite what Arte Morono wants, Anaheim is neither in Los Angeles County or Los Angeles City. It is in Orange County. As such, EABOD.

Sincerely,
JPINFV
 
2013-06-17 04:31:54 PM

JPINFV: The Angels is in Anaheim. Despite what Arte Morono wants, Anaheim is neither in Los Angeles County or Los Angeles City. It is in Orange County


This.

/LA Farker
//We have a baseball team
 
2013-06-17 04:44:42 PM
I guess subby's dig is that LA's teams aren't very good. That's arguable, but a nice jab.

LA is a Lakers town. All the other teams and all the other sports are just things we do when the Lakers aren't playing. If LA ever gets a NFL franchise, the Lakers will still be more beloved. (Actually, if we ever get a NFL team, we'll hate them as soon as we realize they aren't in the playoffs every year).

And yes, I know the people that can afford to go to a Lakers game show up late and leave early. But there are a lot more Lakers fans than the folks that go to the games. There are plenty of folks that will never be able to afford to go to a game but that never miss one on TV.

/I like basketball, but I'm not particularly a Lakers fan
//good thing we have the 'B' team.
///or is that the 'C' team?
 
2013-06-17 05:01:55 PM

Krieghund: I guess subby's dig is that LA's teams aren't very good. That's arguable, but a nice jab.

LA is a Lakers town. All the other teams and all the other sports are just things we do when the Lakers aren't playing. If LA ever gets a NFL franchise, the Lakers will still be more beloved. (Actually, if we ever get a NFL team, we'll hate them as soon as we realize they aren't in the playoffs every year).


And yes, I know the people that can afford to go to a Lakers game show up late and leave early. But there are a lot more Lakers fans than the folks that go to the games. There are plenty of folks that will never be able to afford to go to a game but that never miss one on TV.

/I like basketball, but I'm not particularly a Lakers fan
//good thing we have the 'B' team.
///or is that the 'C' team?


This sounds pretty accurate, but actually there are lots of fans on the 300 level who watch the whole game and know lots about the Lakers' rich history.
 
2013-06-17 10:55:37 PM

Raging Whore Moans: desertgeek: Just to backup something he said, I remember seeing a former friend of mine who lives in LA tweet something celebrating the Kings Cup win last year. I then responded to that by saying "Don't be celebrating a team winning the Stanley Cup when you've never watched a hockey game in your life."

Why in the world did you two break it off?


I just realized what I had implied by my comment. I was already done with her well before that, but I was told of that message and had to give her the "bitach, please" treatment.
 
2013-06-17 11:03:44 PM

Krieghund: JPINFV: The Angels is in Anaheim. Despite what Arte Morono wants, Anaheim is neither in Los Angeles County or Los Angeles City. It is in Orange County

This.

/LA Farker
//We have a baseball team


this +1

/also LA Farker
//Angel Fan
 
2013-06-18 03:40:21 PM
We may not have many hockey fans, but there are certainly some longtime devoted fans.  It has been nice to see other middle-aged diaspora showing up at watch parties and restaurants.  It's nice to see younger fans, too.  It is often pretty lonely to be a hockey fan in SoCal.

This maimed, shortened season was a kick in the nards for us.  Bob Miller should have had his full year of being able to announce "Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings".
 
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