This has bothered me too for months. Perhaps those tickets are corporate tickets, are sold and the team has received the revenue, blah, blah...
But the interest in actually going to a hockey game is non-existent in Atlanta. THEY DO NOT CARE!!!
It would be the same as a fringe sport, say cricket (not to pick on cricket), in Winnipeg. You'd have a small crowd of interested followers - and a whole bunch of people that couldn't care less.
Atlanta still does not care about hockey - never will. But the funny thing is, i think Winnipeggers would eventually learn to like cricket - and go to games - especially if it was the best cricket in the world.
Post by mrconfusion87 on Mar 19, 2010 22:09:02 GMT -5
EEEEK! Sucks for Lil Jon to know he's one of the only a handful of folks who truly care about hockey in Atlanta!
Ideal Division for the Wild and Jets:
Assuming 6 divisions remains - the future Central Division: Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues.
If the NHL returns to 4 Divisions (thanks Ducky75 for your Midwest division idea): Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs
I dunno, maybe. Sounds like he's a genuine fan from the article, he said his kid plays hockey. Whatever. It's rap culture. I think if the NHL wanted to sell itself better in the US it should have got some celebs on board. Make some noise to get the attention of people who wouldn't normally look, and then let the game take over from there. I see nothing wrong with that.
I also don't understand why they league wanted to shut Sean Avery up so bad. That "sloppy seconds" comment he made last season is the kind of spark that can start rivalries, and draw extra attention to a mundane regular season game in November that doesn't have a lot of importance to it otherwise.
Muhammad Ali isn't considered the greatest because of his ability. He's much, much worse for the wear than the guys he fought against, his greatest boxing asset was his ability to take a punch to the head, and has one of the lowest KO percentages among boxing champions. It was his personality and charisma that got people interested in the first place. That's a lesson that the NHL could have learned when they started moving teams south to begin with.
I realize it's hard to take because this expansion south has come at our expense, but I wonder if we never lost the Jets, and we saw this, if people would react the same as you did.
Are desert days numbered for Phoenix Coyotes? Another Canadian billionaire could rescue the Phoenix Coyotes from fiscal ruin and possibly move them to Winnipeg
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Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Yandle (3) gives a high-five to teammate Vernon Fiddler after their win over Colorado Avalanche at the end of the third period of an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, March 27, 2010. The Coyotes defeated the Avalanche 6-2 and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. ROSS D. FRANKLIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Ads by Google Crosby vs Gretzky:
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Another Canadian billionaire has emerged as a possible owner in the ever-spinning saga that is the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Coyotes clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons last week – thanks in part to an offensive outburst from ex-Leaf Lee Stempniak – but could be moved to Winnipeg next season under David Thomson's True North Sports and Entertainment.
Thomson, whose True North owns the Manitoba Moose and the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, at least has had discussions with the NHL – in contrast to the murky power play last summer that saw the NHL trump BlackBerry founder Jim Balsillie's agreement in principle to purchase the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton.
"We've had discussions with Mark Chipman and David Thomson over time about their interest in owning an NHL franchise in Winnipeg," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the FAN 590 yesterday.
"It's something we're certainly aware of. It would be one of the logical opportunities if we get to the point where this be relocated."
Daly, however, denied there was any deal to send the team to Winnipeg.
"There's no deal in place with any other city other than Glendale," Daly said. "We've heard some good information and optimistic information from people interested in keeping the Coyotes in Glendale. I think there's a fairly high level of confidence among the stakeholders they might be able to get something done."
That group may not be Ice Edge, which has been working with the NHL to keep the team in Phoenix, but is reportedly having trouble with its financing. It may be Chicago's Jerry Reinsdorf, although Daly declined to talk specifically about any group other than Ice Edge.
Daly said it is possible that, as a result of the bankruptcy proceeding, the Coyotes could terminate their lease with Glendale. Ice Edge has been trying to work out a deal with city officials with a more favourable arrangement, which may gain them leverage with obtaining loans, and with the managing the purchase price of the team.
"The contract can be terminated and in the event the contract is terminated, the result could be the franchise could be relocated," said Daly.
Relocation is the worst-case scenario for the NHL which successfully derailed Balsillie's bid and purchased the Coyotes late last summer from former owner Jerry Moyes after Moyes placed the team in Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.
But the NHL appears prepared for such a scenario. The Phoenix Business Journal reported yesterday that the league has an agreement in principle completed with Thomson, a deal that acts as a fallback should current talks with Ice Edge or Reinsdorf collapse (and one denied by Daly).
"Due to the possible impact on both the Coyotes and our own AHL product here in Manitoba, we've actually been hesitant to engage in any discussion publicly about the situation in Phoenix as far back as last summer when rumours began to surface of the team's possible departure," True North spokesperson Scott Brown told the Journal.
"It is our understanding the NHL is working very hard to keep the team where it is in Phoenix."
Ice Edge COO Daryl Jones believes banks behind Ice Edge's financing remain "very interested in this deal," but that he would like to see talks move faster on the renegotiations of the arena lease.
"Ice Edge Holdings is committed to keeping the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona," Jones said.
"As of now, there is no new update. With the appropriate lease with Glendale, we feel confident the team can be successful. We won't comment on others plans, though we do believe Winnipeg would be a tremendous hockey market with the new facility and the new CBA. But we have no knowledge of a plan to move the Coyotes."
The Coyotes, meanwhile, with new coach Dave Tippett, are closing in on Chicago in the Western Conference.
Phoenix beat the Blackhawks two weekends ago, in the franchise's second sellout this season, to move to within a couple of points of the conference lead. It was the club's ninth straight win."I didn't know much about them when I got here, I just knew they were playing well," said ex-Leaf Stempniak, who was traded to Phoenix at the deadline March 3.
"Talking to the guys here, they never stopped believing in themselves. They listened to (Tippett) and believed in him, he is a stabilizing effect on this team."
Stempniak, who has 12 goals in 12 games, was also impressed with captain Shane Doan."There's great leadership there. There's no panic. When we're down two goals in the third, we still expect to win. There's a lot of confidence."
The fact that Lil john was allowed to Hold the Cup PISSES me off to no end. The only time that cup should ever be held or hoisted is by players, and staff of the teams who win it. Maybe its just me, but I get goose bumps every time that cup is awarded and actually had tears watching Teemu hoist it and when Bourque finally got to hoist it with Colorado. Every kid who plays hockey dreams of that moment. If it was ever offerd it to me I would decline, that is something you have to earn.
kenas10: Go Jets Go! Here we are 7 years later starting the Conference Finals against the Las Vegas Knights! I'm still a season ticket holder, have been since day 1. I was KennyS and was on the forum the whole time!! Blast reading all of this. Go Jets Go!
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