Team name May 17, 2011 21:05:45 GMT -5
Post by prariefire on May 17, 2011 21:05:45 GMT -5
I doubt many in Winnipeg will not support the team over the name. However, it may affect how much they support it, and how passionately. Brand power baby.
For those outside Manitoba, what are the factors in picking a favorite NHL team? Does their support matter to TNSE, and to Winnipeg's NHL fans? And will the team name have an impact there?
If there is no use for me in your fan base, fine. I'll be happy that you got your team back. It just won't be "my" team. Really, there is no reason for the new team to be my team anyhow, but there is that pesky childhood attachment to an old team that I know would sway me enough to be a fan. One that buys merchandise, one that provides eyeballs to increase regional TV ratings, one that'd make the effort to see the team play live.
I know it isn't logical, but if isn't the Jets, I won't be cheering for them. I simply would have no reason to care about them. I have no idea how many there are out there who are in a similar position.
Yes, I'm sorry but the arguement that "If you're not willing to support the team no matter what then we DON'T WANT YOUR SUPPORT" is just foolish, it's peoples emotions getting the best of them in my opinion.
I understand the basic idea, that we need true passionate fans and not bandwagon fans. But guess what? The team needs all the support it can get. Not to survive, but to maximize profits. Merchandise sales are the biggest thing I can see being affected by the name... ticket sales themself probably not so much.
Anyways, as I've said many times. I can tell you 100% for sure that I have the money in the bank for season tickets, I will be buying season tickets, and I will be at all 41 games each year for at least the forseeable future.
If the team is named Jets 2.0, I'll be buying tons of merchandise.
(Without exagerating in the last 10 years I have bought or been gifted 4 Jets jerseys, ~8 sweaters, ~ 30 shirts, ~5 hats, 2 touques, signed helmets, gloves, magazines, cards, bar stools, neon lights... I can't even name it all).
So do not tell me I'm not a true fan. I am willing to wager that not 1 person on this board has more Jets "stuff" than me, and as a 25 year old it's almost all been purchased in the last 10 years.
(as a friendly wager, if anyone would like to compare PM me and we can bet a 6 pack or something on it!).
Anyways, my point is you can question my loyalty as a fan if you want, but you would be wrong.
But if the team is NOT named the Jets, I simply won't be buying any merchandise when the team comes back, at least not any time soon. I'll wear some of my closet full of Jets schwag...
That's my personal feelings on the name, and not everyone may be the same but I can guarantee you that there are other people who would be put off by a non-Jets name. In one way or another, ignoring what your fan base wants will translate into less revenue, that's just a fact.
Hey I am almost certain it will be the Manitoba Jets
with gov't money involved I have been saying this all afternoon
I was told GOV't involvement was not going to be released until a few days before an announcement but I am not sure if that means a press conference is to be reported soon!