Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/13/05 at 05:31 PM ET
On and off the ice, the NHL is doing just fine. Attendance is up in most cities (but certainly not all), the game is more exciting and revenues are expected to surpass pre-season projections. "I think people are feeling good about where we are, but there's a lot of work to be done and this is no time for anyone to pat themselves on the back," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said this week in an interview with The Canadian Press. While the NHL says it posted record attendance figures for October and November, rinks in Florida, Atlanta, Carolina, Anaheim and New Jersey appear to have as many empty seats as full ones. "Our attendance generally gets stronger as the season progresses," said Bettman. "As baseball ended, and as football ends, and we get past the holidays, our attendance tends to spike upwards. That's been the historical trend. And to the extent that there have been empty seats in some places, by and large there are fewer empty seats than there were."read on
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