Now you are being purposely obtuse to try and prove your point.
Am I? Seriously,lets go back to the point I countered.....You said....
They have the least population (~700,000) of any NHL city.
I said they dont, Buffalo has less people living in their NHL city
and that is true.
Teams draw fans from a distance, not just the city centre. 1.2 million versus 700,000
However, Winnipeg probably has more hockey fans in that smaller population. Like, WB stated, it probably evens out somehow, or maybe Winnipeg is actually a "bigger market" if you look at just hockey fans. Hard to say without having data....
Teams do draw from a wide range outside the city.
Manitoba is the draw fro the Jets, alongside the people who live in N Ont close to the border.
Winnipeg may have more fans, but the stat that makes more sense is the per capita income of the two.
Buffalo 's is $15,000 and Winnipegs is $36,000. Thats a huge disparity and the reason in the past that Buffalo came close to losing the team.
TV rights for local games, concessions, corp boxes,jersey sales.....all adds up to Buff being smaller.
Add to that a woeful commercial base in Buffalo , and in comaprison to Winterpeg not even in the same stratosphere, and you have what anyone would call a very small market, especially if you compare it to Winnipeg,although I imagine Columbus is in tough too.
Look at Atlanta, there wss no one at all willing to even look into buying and keeping the Flames. Atl is a huge market but yet, not a single peep was heard.