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Considering contenders' pros and cons

Forget TV ratings. There are better ways to measure which of the four teams left deserve the Stanley Cup.

Updated: May 14, 2003, 8:05 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

There has always been something slightly perverse about the notion that a sport would suffer if a certain team (or teams) actually had a chance to win a championship.

Usually this is a notion based on the fact that somehow TV ratings would suffer, and that teams from small and or foreign television markets deserve less of a chance to win the trophy than teams from big ones.

This, of course, begs the question, "Then why did the ratings for Mets-Yankees in 2000 stink?''

But you ...

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