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Continued: Hartman: Bridgewater confident in ability to develop

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 19, 2014 - 12:47 AM

The Chicago Tribune ran an article this week that used fan rating percentages by Scarborough Research to show that the Blackhawks had leapt the Bulls, Cubs and White Sox to become the second-most popular team in the city, trailing only the Bears.

The Blackhawks achieved a 47 percent fan rating, up from 32 percent in 2003, which meant that more than 1 million people in Chicago became Blackhawks fans. Going back to 2007 only 8 percent of Chicagoans surveyed watched, listened or attended a game. This obviously has been driven by the NHL team’s recent success, including two Stanley Cup championships.

One has to wonder if the Wild, which has become easily the most consistent and promising sports team in the Twin Cities, eventually could build up a similar goodwill with continued trips to the playoffs and competitive, exciting teams, to overtake the Twins and Timberwolves in the Twin Cities.

But like the Bears in Chicago, the Wild won’t overtake the Vikings.



 

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