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Basketball seems popular though (for some reason).

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Leafs vs. Bruins set for the first round of the playoffs. Will the Buds shake off the demons from their previous bouts with Boston?
 
Basketball seems popular though (for some reason).

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I don't know all the history, but there are a lot of NBA players, even some who became stars that are from Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and the Mediterranean.
That affection for basketball goes back many decades. Perhaps it was some kind of cold war communist country fetish for things American, or maybe a post-war American presence? Like how baseball is very popular in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan?
 
I don't know all the history, but there are a lot of NBA players, even some who became stars that are from Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and the Mediterranean.
That affection for basketball goes back many decades. Perhaps it was some kind of cold war communist country fetish for things American, or maybe a post-war American presence? Like how baseball is very popular in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan?
Not sure. You'd think with the post-war American influence and large military presence they had in Germany that basketball might be more popular there, but the Germans don't give a crap about it or any other American sports.
 
The most financially successful unsuccessful team ever. At this point, I wonder if it is a strategy to get tithe from the eternally hopeful.

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There may be something to that. The 7 Canadian NHL teams are more or less guaranteed cash cows for the league. Even without winning recent championships, the teams are generally seen as consistently profitable. And hence are not a priority for the head honchos of the league overall. Whereas newer teams like Las Vegas Golden Knights were seemingly treated as a pet project where they need to be successful right away to carve out a winning fan culture. Along the lines of a Tampa Bay Lightning where they've excelled despite being in a place that traditionally isn't a hockey hub, apart from snow birds from Canada and northern US. If the Golden Knights slump right away then they'd risk being mired in mediocrity or worse in irrelevance like the Coyotes, and the Atlanta Thrashers before they moved to Winnipeg.
 

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