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12-17-2010, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Prussian_Blue View Post
Good Lord, Jeff... how does any minor-league hockey operation make it, then?
Most don't.

They either fold or sell to someone else who thinks they can turn it into a money-maker.

You want to limit a 20-man payroll to $4000 a week, paying each player $200 a week on average... you're going to get exactly what you pay for, which is the guy who scored a hat trick in his beer league game last week.
Well most teams don't carry 20 guys.. but yes, they each get a few hundred bucks a week plus housing..

If that means having a league on the Central League model, where most if not all of the teams and venues are actually owned by the league, then that's what it takes. And if a league can't be a success while operating under any other model, then it should probably nor bother.
Three teams made money in the CHL last year. (Rapid City, Missouri and Colorado.)

Four teams folded.

The CHL model is simple, from the league office's perspective:

1) Find cities who can issue a bond or raise a tax, or get some other way to get as much of the money as possible to build an arena. (The more that Global Entertainment can pass off to the tax-payers or others, the better)

2) Find someone who wants to be famous sports team owner to put a team in there, and sell them a franchise to collect a franchise fee.

3) Manage the arena. (Including concessions, of course.)

4) Shake your head as every few years the teams ownership group needs to be recycled.

Look, if these people can find ways to build $100 million dollar arenas, don't you think they can operate hockey teams with annual budgets between $1.5 and $2.5 million?

Of course they can. They just don't WANT to. The money (for Global) is in managing the building, not in running the hockey team. If the hockey team itself made money they'd do that too!

I chose Brooklyn, Troy and Danbury as the foundation stones for a potential Northeast League because those three organizations seem to "get it" as far as addressing the issues you raise. All I was really trying to say was that a potential Northeast League would have to attract at least three more ownership groups who similarly "get it" in order to be viable.
There are absolutely some teams that get it. But more importantly than owners who get it, is a situation where the market is willing to make you the number one show in town.. overwhelming community support, whether inherited or generated, is the key to success in minor league hockey..

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