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12-21-2012, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Actually, the insurance companies (Aetna in particular, the majority owners) are what brought the Whalers to Hartford. Many season ticket holders like myself got a sizable discount from Aetna (where my wife worked). The real estate collapse of the late 80s took Aetna and other partnering companies away from their normal support.

As more fans had to pay for rising ticket prices with no discount, attendence dwidled.
I recall a big, big yawn from the insurance agencies when it came to putting up some real dough for a new arena. Ticket deals seem pretty small fry in comparison, though my aunt (CNA) got to go to a lot of games through ticket pools.

They really went out with kind of a whimper and it was sad.

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