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via the Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Bob Pulford has been named Vice President of Wirtz Corporation.
Bob Pulford has served the Chicago Blackhawks, the National Hockey League and the game of hockey for the better part of six decades. As a Hall of Fame player, a coach, and an executive, his passion for hockey, its players and its fans have made him a giant in the game.
Bob will transition from Senior Vice President of the Chicago Blackhawks to Vice President of Wirtz Corporation. In his new role, Pulford will serve as the Blackhawks liaison on NHL affairs. He will also continue in his role as Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League.
From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
Located on Avenue of the Americas between 46th and 47th streets in the heart of New York City, the new NHL store will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 12. And calling it a store is not quite doing it justice, as this is much more than just a place where you can buy hockey stuff. The NHL store is designed to be a unique experience for visitors that plays on many senses in addition to the impulse to want to buy everything in the store.
This is a hockey cathedral, in many ways, with an ice wall where you can carve your name or initials, a computer where you can custom design a pair of sneakers with the crest and colors of your favorite team, a radio studio upstairs where you can see and hear the daily XM broadcast of NHL Live, or sip on your favorite flavor latte or cappuccino at the hockey-themed Starbucks that’s adjacent to the store.
from SportsBusiness Journal (paid reg.),
MSG Chairman James Dolan is often viewed as an industry pariah, a notion no doubt burnished by his defeat last week in the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment lawsuit.
But surprisingly, the argument of Dolan, MSG and the New York Rangers — if not the methods — are garnering support from other NHL clubs and regional sports networks in their legal fight against the NHL for control over digital rights….
“There’s some feeling around the league that says, ‘Good for them,’” a team executive said. “There’s some downside to the league saying, ‘Boom. Here’s your (Web site) format.’ Teams have been hurt by that and aren’t getting satisfaction.”
“We think digital rights can be best exploited on a team-by-team basis locally through the team and its local media partners,” said an executive at an RSN with NHL rights after asking for anonymity because of the ongoing lawsuit.
update 1:22pm, Thanks to the folks at SportsBusiness Journal for providing KK readers with a link to read the full article…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The Rangers, who want the right to control their own website instead of adopting the league’s “homogenized ... cookie cutter” model, argue the addition of Drury and Gomez have “made the Rangers a strong contender ... creating enormous opportunities to increase traffic to the Rangers website, as well as to use the Rangers website to cultivate fan excitement, attract new fans, and enhance the Rangers business.”
The Rangers surely won’t need to draw on their new high-priced forwards in court. It looks like history may be on their side.
Garry Bettman was in Atlanta last night and answered a few questions regarding the game, the Thrashers, etc…
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Q: What do you see ahead as far as TV deals?
A: We have great partnerships with NBC and [cable network] Versus. ... There have been reports that ESPN is interested in us. ... I do believe our current partners will be in the picture long-term. Whether or not there is an opportunity to have another partner is something we’re always open to looking at.
more from Bettman…
From Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun via the Winnipeg Sun,
Almost 10 years after the Maple Leafs moved back to the Eastern Conference to rejoin the Original Sixers in Montreal, the Detroit Red Wings remained trapped in a Western time-zone warp.
But that is bound to change, says Wings vice-president Jim Devellano.
“There’s little doubt that Las Vegas is coming in (during expansion), it’s about four years from now,” Devellano told the Detroit News. “And I truly believe Gary Bettman will move us East at that changing.”
From the CP,
The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly signed general manager Kevin Lowe to a multi-year contract extension.
According to a report on TSN’s website, the Oilers were expected to announce the signing at a media conference Saturday morning.
from Team Marketing Report,
TMR’s exclusive Fan Cost Index survey, now in its fifteenth year, tracks the cost of attendance for a family of four. The FCI includes: four average-price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two game programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.
check it out and $7.25 for a beer in LA!
from the Dallas Morning News,
And what about the Stars? Dallas ranked 12th in average tickets distributed at 17,914 last season. It ranked 16th in percentage of capacity at 96.7 percent.
This season, the Stars could fall slightly below that. The season-ticket base is down 10 percent to fewer than 13,000. On some nights, there could be a lot of empty seats.
The same goes for Colorado and Detroit. If those two can’t sell out with Anaheim and Dallas in town on opening night, what kind of crowd will show up for Columbus on a Tuesday in November?
From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,
For Doug MacLean and Oren Koules, opening night was just one reason to celebrate.
Their group, which is attempting to purchase the Lightning, is pleased with the progress of the application process. And one of the investment partners, Mark Burg, believes in the acquisition so much that he has doubled his stake, Koules said Thursday.
Koules said he hopes the sale to Absolute Hockey Enterprises - MacLean, the ex-Blue Jackets president, Coral Springs real estate developer Jeff Sherrin, Hollywood producers Koules and Burg and Tampa attorney Steve Burton - by Palace Sports & Entertainment will be finalized by the time the NHL board of governors meets in late November at Pebble Beach, Calif.
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