JS© wrote:Pavel Bure wrote:They need to accept the facts of needing to downsize the league. Southern markets really aren't viable for hockey.
except that Tampa, Carolina, Nashvillle, and even Florida all outdrew New Jersey this year.
pfim wrote:Not sure this is a market issue per se. Looks like more of a Vanderbeek issue.
Fire0nice228 wrote:All I know is when I happen to flip a Devils game on center ice during the regular season the place is freakin empty. Maybe their deep Cup run will help but the NYR, NYI, NJD, PHI is alotta teams in one small area there and alot of transplants too that cheer for teams other than those 4. Plus all the football and basketball..
bhaw wrote:I hate how the NHL keeps putting teams in these markets that can't support them:
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/03/ ... team-says/
darkstar57 wrote:pfim wrote:Not sure this is a market issue per se. Looks like more of a Vanderbeek issue.
i live in NJ, the devils while their arena always seems empty usually do pretty well financially, for all we mock Uncle Lou, he does an outstanding job of running the devils and keeping them on budget. The old meadowlands arena had little in the way in revenue generation as the new arena and he made it work.
Vanderbeek has always been a little shady with the way he has run his business, he had a hand in a lot of the shady business that was going on at Lehman Brothers. There is plenty of money in the NY area and people who would want to own the devils. Perhaps Mikhail Prokhorov who owns the nets (and if you want a good laugh look at the youtube video he made that shows how much of a mans man he is, comic gold). Plus there are tons of other people in the NY area that have money, there are very few rich people in the NY area that can say they own a sports franchise and a ton that would want to as a status symbol
llipgh2 wrote:If Vanderbeek fails to resolve his money issues.
In addition to the Coyotes, the NHL would now "own" the Devils. I don't know law, but why isn't a league owning 2 teams a conflict of interest?
Oh, and this would make Bettman a "Devil's advocate"...