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05-23-2012, 04:39 PM
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Andre Poodle Lussier
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
Not just the AHL. Playoffs are ALWAYS a hard sell in minor-league hockey (with some minor exceptions) -- because the group sales are far less likely to come through on the short notice and odd nights that playoff games are held. The walk-up is less, more games are on weeknights, etc etc... playoffs are a hard sell at the minor pro level.

Back in the late 90s (IIRC), a team (ECHL Tallahassee?) near the end of the regular season actually turned THEMSELVES in for salary cap violations, knowing that they'd be penalized enough points in the standings to take them out of the playoffs, so they wouldn't have to lose the money they would have had they qualified.
I wonder how profitable the playoffs are for many a minor league market given how poor the attendance (in general) is?

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