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Time To Attract New Fans In Phoenix

from Carter Nacke of Arizona Sports,

Coyotes fans are a tight-knit community and rightfully so. First off, there are not a lot of us, so we have to stick together, especially in a city where at least half of the population would like to see the team moved to another city. Hockey is a sport that encourages fan interaction - for better or for worse - so you meet people at games, you talk. I’ve seen season ticket holders greet each other as old friends, which they most likely have become after sitting next to each other for years.

But there is a problem with this closeness. It’s a tough group to get into. For a fringe fan, the seasoned hockey fan can be an intimidating and condescending obstacle to learning to enjoy a game. Think about it. How many times have you rolled your eyes or kept silent when a nearby person asks, what we would consider, a dumb question? Admit it. I’ve done it, so you’re not alone. That person will likely never be seen by you again and, after all, you came to the game to escape for a bit, not educate some poor schmuck on the intricacies of hockey. It’s time to change that thinking.

I think the Coyotes have some of the friendliest fans around and it’s time for us to get out there. We need to focus on welcoming new fans and helping them learn the game.

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‘...not educate some poor schmuck on the intricacies of hockey.’

The writer is a schmuck and a bit narcissistic. I enjoy explaining the game to people at Jobing that may not be aware of some of the nuances of the game. That’s what being a hockey fan is about (tho I confess you wont find me in the Qualcomm parking lot…).

Posted by Hank on 11/11/11 at 05:34 PM ET

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This guy has a “Knack” for getting under my skin.

Posted by wolverine on 11/11/11 at 06:11 PM ET

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Always glad to talk hockey with anyone.  I don’t have a problem explaining the game to new fans.

Posted by 13 user names on 11/11/11 at 06:44 PM ET

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Might want to start by explaining how to speak and understand the game on french language TV, so that when they are in Quebec City next year, the new fans can still follow what is going on.

Posted by QC on 11/11/11 at 06:59 PM ET

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Quebec City will never get a team. Bettman threw Canada a bone with Winnipeg.

Sure, southern Ontario will eventually get a new team in the next five years; but no way in hell QC gets another team.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/11/11 at 08:45 PM ET

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This guy has a “Knack” for getting under my skin.

Posted by wolverine on 11/11/11 at 04:11 PM ET

Is that a wolverine or a Honey Badger?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/11/11 at 08:51 PM ET

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Until there is a owner for the team there won’t be a lot of new fans, this is what you get in Phoenix. They have stabilized at 10 to 12 thousand fans which is good considering the issues. This won’t move up until people are convinced they are staying for awhile. Some think that because they play winning hockey, fans should be flocking to the arena. This never happens when a team is on death row, you look at every franchise threatening to leave and fans flee in droves. They could win the Stanley Cup and not sell out consistently, it is only natural.

Posted by timbits on 11/11/11 at 10:56 PM ET

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