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Ten Reasons the Florida Panthers Should Leave South Florida

Contrary to popular belief, the Florida Panthers are still a thing that exists in South Florida. Despite attendance bordering on bat-mitzvah levels, annual losses of $25 million to $30 million, and a total lack of local coverage or interest, the team continues to state that it plans on sticking out its lease, which runs for an additional 14 seasons past this year.

That's a mistake.

You really should leave South Florida, Panthers.

For lots of reasons.

The Panthers need to reach an agreement with the Broward County Commission, and both sides need to move on from what has never been a great relationship. Here are just a few reasons why.

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1. The Panthers vastly overestimate just how many shits Broward County gives about them and their finances.

The Florida Panthers for some reason really think we care about how much money they are losing; they even broke it down by the day for some media outlets ($100,000/day). What they fail to realize is if anyone cared about them losing money, they would go to more games, therefore fixing the problem. Good luck getting money out of Broward County. This is the same county that laughed at people who said they should help the Dolphins with their stadium renovations. Suck it up, Panthers.

2. Yes, the Panthers have always sucked, but another town might actually appreciate their suck.

While South Florida has no interest in supporting a perennial loser, I have to imagine a town in Canada might be excited about just having an NHL team. The honeymoon would be nice for a young team, and the move would definitely improve the Panthers' finances, because let's face it -- they can't get much worse. Hey, we aren't using these hockey jeans; let's donate them to Goodwill so someone else can appreciate them.

3. No more Panthers games means more concerts, which wouldn't suck.

The Panthers actually make more money off concerts held in their arena than they do off themselves. I mean, holy shit. Let the Panthers take their happy asses to Nova Scotia and start filling the BB&T with lots and lots of events, mainly concerts. Concerts and events would make the county lots of money and actually promote the city of Sunrise, not just Florida in general.