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Small-market teams have something to offer

Updated: August 25, 2005, 3:08 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

This starts with a consumer warning: Fans in the NHL's "nontraditional" markets would be well advised to brace themselves.

As the league relaunches, you're in for a new wave of "you don't belong" derision.

It's nothing personal. Well, at least not most of the time. You're in the markets that are considered Bettman's Folly, and you are the scapegoats and easy targets for put-downs -- some deserved, but many not.

This isn't going to be unprecedented, of course.

On the last ...

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