With a 28-game schedule not all teams play each other anyway. Why not drop the league schedule down to 24 or 26 games and ooen up dates for additional OOC games?
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And upon further thought, there likely wouldn't be a WCHA in that scenario.
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I'm not so sure FSU would join that league. It could be just me, but when I was in MI, Western and Ferris was no Central v Western or Tech v Northern. As stated, I think there is no chance 1 let alone 4 AHA schools switch. The Lake Erie Basin (with the exception of Western NY and BGSU) is a D1 college hockey wasteland. If Miami and BGSU could convince Akron and Kent State to go D1 AND the money is better, then there might be a chance of pulling an AHA school or two.
I see no way the proposed WCHA survives. Travel costs would kill the league. Those are not big money schools. IMO ASU would cease D1 operations before they would join a league like that. I think ASU sees it as NCHC or bust.
College hockey, west of Buffalo will always be spread out with hard to get to places. Give it a few years and the NCHC is going to complain about going to Miami and CC. If Denver and North Dakota hit a few down years financially or they are trying to keep up with/stay ahead of MN/BC/BU they will turn on Miami and CC and having to "share" their winnings with them. No one will ever be happy.
There is a company in New Braunfels, Texas that does this for teams down there as they have similar distances to cover, so it can be done. But the league has to be strong financially to hack it. Actually the difference between flying and a bus is not as big as you might think. Especially if you figure it saves you a hotel night on each end.
This is not a jet. (Jets are another 50% more money.) The Texas guys do it with a Dornier, which is a 36 seat turbo prop. If you own the plane the cost per mile is less than if you lease, but of course there's a lot that goes into owning.
it is more expensive than presently, but long term it would make staying in the league a lot easier.
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