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CNN/Money is reporting the Red Wings cut their average ticket price by more than 24%. That is news to me! from CNN/Money,
National Hockey League fans will have yet another reason to cheer when teams take the ice this season. In addition to the return of the sport after last year's lockout, the cost of a ticket is going down as well. The average price for an NHL ticket dropped 7.5 percent to $41.19, falling below 2002 levels, according to Team Marketing Report, a trade publication. Because no tickets were sold during the 2004-2005 season due to the labor dispute, prices were compared with 2003-2004. More than two-thirds of the NHL's 30 teams cut prices, some drastically. The Detroit Red Wings cut their average ticket price by nearly $14 to $43.13, a reduction of more than 24 percent. Other teams with big ticket-price cuts include the Dallas Stars (23.1 percent), the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (19.5 percent) and the New York Islanders (17.2 percent).
from Jaques Demers, special to USA TODAY,
Parity in the NHL is at an all-time high. Before the lockout, you used to have five or six teams that could win the Stanley Cup. Now with the salary cap, it's not an exaggeration to say 20 or more teams have a legitimate shot. A favorite would have to be the Philadelphia Flyers, especially after they added Peter Forsberg. But they're usually in the hunt. To me, a new team to watch is the Columbus Blue Jackets, who made major improvements during the summer. They never would have been able to sign an Adam Foote under the old system.
from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,
Tonight, for the first time in the 88-year history of the NHL, there can only be winners and losers as the regular season begins. No ties, just winners in regulation, winners in overtime and winners via the shootout. Which means only losers in all three categories, as well. With all 30 clubs in action tonight, that means by the end of the evening there will be 15 losers, and therefore 15 teams in a state of serious disagreement with the NHL's new standards of rule enforcement. That's how hockey works. The losers always complain bitterly about the refereeing and the rules, about how the game was decided by those in stripes, not those with sticks.
I was out and about the Detroit area today, saw about 30 cars with Red Wings flags waving in the breeze. A sure sign the games are about to begin.
Just a heads up, I will be unavailable for about three hours. Should be back online by 1:30pm or so.
You may recall the story about Tommy I posted back in late August. from the NHLPA,
Hockey great Steve Yzerman and Peterborough artist Murray Henderson have teamed up to raise a whopping $25,000 for the Tommy Garrett fund. Yzerman was being treated for a groin injury in Detroit over the weekend when he signed a limited edition of 19 prints and four artist proofs to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis today. Henderson said the stretched canvas prints were limited to 19 because 19 is the Detroit Red Wing centre’s jersey number. Prints are $1,000 each and four artist proofs, more detailed and 25 per cent larger in size, are $1,500 each. Yzerman played for the Peterborough Petes in the early 1980s and is Tommy’s favourite player.continued
Howard Bloom has never lived in Winnipeg, never seen a hockey game here and hasn't set foot inside the new, downtown arena. But that doesn't stop the Ottawa-based sports business analyst from making a bold prediction about the possible return of the NHL to this prairie city. "There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that hockey will return to Winnipeg in the not-too-distant future," Bloom, founder of SportsBusinessNews.com, told The Sun. "It's a no-brainer. The NHL will return to Winnipeg. Much sooner than people anticipate."
he NHL and manufacturer Electric Red have announced a partnership with Future Shop in Canada to bring an exclusive line of hockey team-inspired MP3 players to customers. The two available models, the 512MB Flikx and the 1GB Pocket Watch, resemble a hockey puck, only much smaller. more
An added feature of this article allows you to listen to a recent tele-conference with Bill Daly, Colin Cambell, Mike Murphy and others. from Bloomberg.com,
The National Hockey League returns to the ice tonight after a 16-month absence with a new labor contract, several new rules and the same old problem: getting more people to care. ``Let's be honest, it's not a major sport in the U.S.,'' said Steve Lauletta, 41, president of Radiate Sports, Omnicom Group Inc.'s sports marketing firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. ``They have never been able to reach past the hard-core fans, and after the lockout, that hill is going to be much, much harder to climb.'' The NHL, which trails other U.S. team sports in revenue and television ratings, is trying to win back fans after canceling last season in the labor dispute. Under its TV deal that starts with this season, the league reaches 26 million fewer homes, and its collective bargaining agreement forced one of four players to change teams.
Are you going to a game tonight? Will you watch your favorite team on TV. Will you surf Center Ice games (remember free preview begins tonight). Instead of going to the Wings home opener, I have decided to watch them on TV and get the DVR warmed up with the OLN game. Will also be checking out the quality of the streamed games from Comcast and all of the Center Ice broadcasts.
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