While many outlets ran with the news last week that the majority ownership group behind the Nashville Predators was claiming severe damages due to the bankruptcy of Boots Del Biaggio, one local sports economist who is close to the situation offers some perspective.
From today’s Tennessean:
John Vrooman, a Vanderbilt University sports economist who reviewed the federal claim, took issue with some assertions in the filing. For example, he questions the claim that Del Biaggio’s problems have or will cost the team $5 million to $10 million a year in lost revenue in sponsorships, ticket sales or other revenue streams.
“It’s impossible for a franchise to be traded at 193 (million dollars) and the team be losing money,” Vrooman said. “That’s probably not happening.”
As the Rangers, Lightning, Senators and Penguins return from their European adventure, there is sure to be some hand-wringing from their fans that unfair travel requirements are going to undermine the start to their season.
Outside of perhaps the Lightning, those claims are pure hogwash. The other three teams have it relatively easy when it comes to travel. For all the details behind the 2008-9 Regular Season schedule, including how many total miles each team will log and the relative strength of opposition each night, check out my NHL Super Schedule.
Well good golly, look who showed up on Nashville’s 25 Most Beautiful People list this year…
A few Gordie Howe hat tricks, however, and they might want to reconsider.
I’m in Indiana for the weekend, so imagine my surprise to read this morning’s Indianapolis Star and find a feature on hockey:
When Justin Lyle was told to pick up “the Swedish kid” from the airport, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for—but it wasn’t Mikael Owilli.
The only thing saving the Indiana Ice assistant coach from a fruitless trip was the lengthy bag attached to Owilli’s hand, holding his hockey stick.
“I knew nothing about him,” Lyle said. “Zero. Luckily, he was carrying a stick bag.”
From the Battle of Alberta:
...what I think is probably the worst kind of stat, and the kind that turns people off of paying attention to new ones altogether: the stat that is advertised as measuring Thing A, but is massively affected by Things B, C, D, and E.
The common stat that’s the best example of this is ranking goalies by their raw Win totals. For a goalie to get a Win, his team needs to create shots and scoring chances, which he can’t control. He also can’t control the performance of the guy in the opposite net.
Watch as Matt then vivisects the Hockey News over their “Goalie Confidence Index”.
An outdoor cooking area at the home of Predators center Jason Arnott in Brentwood apparently caught fire and damaged the house this morning, an official said.
When a smoke detector went off, Arnott looked outside and saw the blaze around the grill area, Brentwood Fire Chief Kenny Lane said. The fire department got the call around 3:30 a.m.
Surprisingly, so far there’s been no word out of the Toronto media as to how this will accelerate the team’s relocation to Hamilton.
So who’s the best in the West???
It’s a game we all play, so here we go with my projections for the Eastern Conference…
Great offensive performers in the NHL often come in pairs; think Wayne Gretzky & Jari Kurri, or Mario Lemieux & Jaromir Jagr. When it comes to today’s prominent goal-scorers, however, which ones are the most dependent on a particular playmaker to set them up? To answer that question, I dug through the goal-scoring details from the 2007-8 season and took a look at the leading snipers, to answer the question of who fed them a Primary Assist most often…
From the Tennessean:
The International Ice Hockey Federation is expected to announce that forward Alexander Radulov is currently in breach of his contract with the Predators, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Wednesday.
But Daly said the IIHF will take no further action on the matter.