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05-15-2011, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by The Panda Bolt View Post
You're not supposed to prove that your "opinion" is actually fact. That's cheating.
How did jackalsfan "prove" that his opinion that Prescott would not support an ECHL or AHL team is a fact?

All he proved was what the Sundogs drew last season, in a year where there was uncertainty about the team's future from the get-go.

2007-08, average over 4100 per game

2008-09, average over 3500 per game

In the last two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11), attendance declined to the 2000's, but for both of those seasons, there was little marketing and a great deal of speculation about the team's future.

When the team is marketed properly, and there is no concern about the team's future, Prescott is a viable venue for an ECHL club. The AHL may well be a stretch, I agree... but an ECHL club can survive on an average attendance between 3500 and 4100 per game.

Nine of the ECHL's 19 clubs drew average crowds of under 4100 this year, and all the clubs who drew above 4100 on the average were located in cities that have had pro hockey for at least a decade (save for Ontario, California, which has a very large population to work with in their market).

That doesn't "prove" anything, of course, but I think it supports my opinion -- and the expressed opinion of someone with a lot more hockey business savvy than any of us here possess -- that Prescott is a viable option for an affiliated pro hockey club.

If a player could climb from Prescott through Tucson to Phoenix and play in the NHL, all three markets would benefit from this development path.

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