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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | 7:45 a.m.
Comparing the number of Las Vegas hockey fans against the number required for an NHL franchise to break even financially, data-crunching news site FiveThirtyEight has concluded it's "iffy" Las Vegas would be able to support a rumored NHL expansion.
"The unique characteristics of Las Vegas might make the city a special case, but if it follows the league’s heretofore-established relationship between fan base size and financial success, it might be all but impossible for its new team to turn a long-term profit without a change to the underlying economics of the NHL as a whole," Neil Paine writes.
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