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02-14-2013, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CrazyEddie20 View Post
From my experience, the annual expenses to operate an ECHL team are between $700K and $1.1M, sometimes higher, mostly depending on lease terms and travel. Teams who can make day trips incur significantly lower travel expenses than teams that have to travel overnight to every game. Hotel rooms, sleeper buses, airfare, overweight baggage charges and per diem add up VERY quickly.
Well hotel rooms are actually provided by the home team.. all teams have a hotel partner and the rooms are deeply discounted at worst, free or even some money going to the team at best.. not to split hairs but a visiting hockey team operates in a bizarre fashion (from the hotel's perspective) in that they need to have twenty-some people who will be checking out long after the usual check-out hour of 11:00am or noon..

You're right that the costs skyrocket far more quickly than people realize..

So much so that $1.1M is bare bones. I would be pretty surprised if any team in the ECHL spends less than $1.1M in 2012-13..

The CHL, there might be a team or two around that level this year.. but not many..

No team at the AA level spends as little as $700,000..

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