I think the NHL was thrilled with the results of the first WC -- so, yes, I think it did work out well for them.
If your point is that the Sabres fell off the table after Black Sunday -- that had nothing to do with the WC.
My point is that playing in the WC is good for the Sabres -- I was not commenting on whether it is good for the NHL. Do you not agree that it's good for the Sabres?
As for the Ferrari -- yes, local vendors are hurt by losing a home game. It's certainly fair to consider the impact on them in evaluating how you feel about this. My point was that the benefit to the franchise (not the local vendors) far outweighs any harm to the franchise. This is true regardless of how you feel about the fairness of the Rangers' tax break.
Well, it was the first WC. The setting was perfect but the ice was not great and the game was impacted. Barring catastrophic stupidity it was going to be successful. My point was, if they picked the Sabres based on their "stars" so they could showcase them it didn't work out so well because those stars were elsewhere the following season.
Your point of showing off a few of the players on the Sabres roster today fits the same mold. Some of them may be gone by next Jan 1.
As for being good for the Sabres, that depends. If you consider only the impact of national TV visibility then yes. If however, people are annoyed because they are paying increased rates for their season tickets for less games, and if people are somehow negatively impacted (as I am) by supporting this garbage concept that they are the HOME team in NYC then I think it could ultimately be a negative for them.
You live in NYC.. not sure how long you have... but for me NYC should be part of NJ. I can't stand the place and it absolutely distorts NY politics and economics. So, I'm not a fan of giving the NYC people any more than they already have.