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New Hurricanes Owner Charles Dundon Discusses Realities of Sports Team Ownership

Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "31 Thoughts" is an interview with new Carolina Hurricanes co-owner Thomas Dundon:

It is a common observation from sports owners. You can run a huge billion-dollar business and stay anonymous. But, buy a professional team and prepare for a newer, more intense level of scrutiny.

“That’s the biggest adjustment,” Thomas Dundon said Sunday. “Eventually, you want your fans to have an attachment to the team. Your biggest asset is the players… and you want your fans to gravitate to them. That will come later. Right now, it’s me they want to hear from.”

Dundon finalized his majority purchase of the Carolina Hurricanes late last week. One of the first noticeable changes came as fans entered PNC Arena for Sunday’s game against Calgary. The Raleigh News & Observer’s Luke DeCock reported that the owner — disliking the setup in the team’s merchandise store — moved apparel into the concourse, making it easier to shop.

That came two days after Dundon met Alain and Monica Taylor, season-ticket holders who got married seven years ago on the arena’s ice surface. He gifted them with a spot on the team plane for a future road trip.

“Our fans are great, passionate,” Dundon said. “What we need is for each one of them to tell 10 more people about us. How can we get them to help bring more fans? It’s just effort. That’s the truth. I’ve told our people that every time I go there. ‘Here’s my schedule. I will make myself available and do all that is necessary.’ But it’s new. I haven’t done this before.”

Friedman continues...

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Morning Line- Thomas Dundon

“I’ve watched hockey for a long time and I enjoy it, but I think the part that’s most enjoyable is there are a lot of moving pieces and you get to figure out, hopefully, how to find a way to win or help people be successful. There’s everything from how you treat the players and giving them an advantage, and the resources you do with the coaches, and how you market the team and how you generate entertainment in the building that brings energy, that hopefully helps you win.”

-Thomas Dundon, the new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.  Luke DeCock and Chip Alexander of the News & Observer have more.

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Thomas Dundon Is Now The Majority Owner Of The Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2018) – Thomas Dundon today became majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes through the formal closing of his purchase transaction with Peter Karmanos, with Mr. Karmanos retaining a minority ownership interest in the Club. The NHL Board of Governors had previously approved the transaction.

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