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Counterpoint: Fine, Contract the Islanders

A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a hockey team...that does not exist.

Ridiculous Idea #264 - Contract The Islanders

With the lockout looming for the NHL, hockey analysts from the great white north come up with wonderful ideas like contracting the Islanders.

Sports History 101: The Myth Of Contraction

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Everyone's always talking about contraction -- contract this team, contract that team. But if history has taught us anything, not only has contraction barely happened at all, it's certainly not...

Life After Football

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Should more small schools consider dropping their football programs?

Contraction: discussed but never implemented

We hear about contraction all the time in sports. But how come we never actually see it?

Chelios Mouths off

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TSN.ca - NHL - Canada's Sports Leader "Gary Bettman has put the league in this situation," Chelios stated. "A guy who doesn't do his job shouldn't be there ..." I was going along with Chris...

Though it's been disguised around here by the banner year the Blazers are having, this has been a...

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Though it's been disguised around here by the banner year the Blazers are having, this has been a year of turmoil for the NBA. The league is facing financial troubles, rampant injuries, attendance woes in many cities, and the ongoing question of whether we're seeing great basketball here. Each of these issues is multi-faceted. There's no magic bullet for any of them, let alone all of them together. But there is a common thread that runs through them all, even if in a minor way. The NBA has too many teams.

Dave at Blazer's Edge wants to contract six teams, Minnesota's one of them. Ziller at Fanhouse responds. If you respond at Blazers Edge, remember to not make it personal and stay on topic.

The A's and the 'C'-word

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This article in the NY Daily News talks about how the A's disintegrating stadium deal (which is probably good news for the Rangers) actually may make them (as well as the Marlins) vulnerable to contraction if the economy doesn't get better.

Bill Madden of NY Daily News Speculates Contraction for A's, Marlins

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I speculate that Bill Madden should STFU and pick on some other teams that you know, maybe haven't appeared to have tried to win in the past decade? FTA: "And just as Wolff, his partner John Fisher and the Marlins' Loria are going to be looking for a way out from under their mounting losses, baseball can't afford to keep dumping revenue-sharing money into hopeless franchises. Like just about every other industry in this country right now, baseball is going to have to take stock of its situation and downsize. There are too many teams in baseball anyway and it makes no sense to continue operating them in places that can't or won't support them." Of course he provides little to no basis for the statement that there are "too many teams in baseball", at least cite some monetary info. I don't think the Marlins can even lose money with the revenue sharing present in baseball as John Brattain of THT pointed out last year.

McKeon vs. Leonsis: Can this Possibly Top Burke vs. Lowe?

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Caps owner Ted Leonsis holds off Yahoo! Sports editor Ross McKeon in an epic battle for limelight domination. And the war of words continues. To contract or not to contract. The owner versus the...

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