Re: How do the Blackhawks sell out every seat (20,500), win the Cup, and still report a loss?
posted at 8/2/2010 12:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How do the Blackhawks sell out every seat (20,500), win the Cup, and still report a loss?
[QUOTE]In Response to How do the Blackhawks sell out every seat (20,500), win the Cup, and still report a loss? : Stranger things can happen. Toronto pukes it year after year, yet is the most profitable franchise in the NHL.
Posted by NorthernBrewin[/QUOTE]
Ding! ding! ding! NorthernBrewin hits it!
Why? Ask why?
Because that $%^& Wirtz and the idiots like him were not hockey people, but ran hockey like the circus or whatever other act that came into their building.
HAD THEY GROWN HOCKEY IN ILLINOIS LIKE THEY SHOULD HAVE, THEY WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST PROFITABLE TEAMS IN THE NHL.
This subject really hits home for me, really ticks me off. Chicago winters are colder than here and how many NHLers has IL produced? A handful. Right across the lake they are churning out pro hockey players by the bushel. A few miles away - nada.
Had Wirtz broadcast home games and encouraged local hockey, they would have had sellouts all the way along just like the Leafs do. Look at a place that turns out hockey players in the US, Boston, Detroit, Minn and look at the revenues of their teams.
Jokers like Wirtz and Jacobs and now Bettman are ruining hockey by running it like a sport that people watch - but don't do. Grow it at the grass roots, think long term business plan and not short term immediate profit and nurture the sport and it will grow. Your sunbelt teams should grow naturally, and if they did they would be more profitable. Tampa is doing that, more rinks are being built now, and they will probably do well long term because once you get them playing, they will start watching.
OK, they won't be able to get away with what the Leafs get away with, but I believe that if they have the grass roots long term it's better for the health of hockey and then the NHL.
Look at baseball, the slowest most boring sport on earth and look at what they make.
Golf? golf? Are you kidding? Watching golf on tv is like watching pain dry.
And although I like soccer, is it as exciting as hockey? not even close, but why so popular? Because so many people play.