AHL Whale re-up arena lease through 2016 (with two year option after that)
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02-26-2013, 09:47 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Auburn, Maine
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Nothing against the people of New England, but it is a joke that there is 5 AHL teams within 2 hours of one another. I went to a Whales game last year and there were only 3,000 fans there and the atmosphere was that of a funeral home. I don't understand why there is a team in Springfield and Hartford. Providence and Bridgeport attract well but Connecticut, Springfield and Worcester are right there at the bottom of league attendance. I'm sure the league does this to cut cost down on travel, but you gotta start moving teams to the west like Las Vegas, Ontario CA, and San Diego. Your market is saturated with too many teams and that's why attendance sucks. My wife grew up going to a ton of Wolf Pack games but since she's moved out to California in 2002, she's only been to 1 or 2 Whale games since then when we visit her family. Again nothing against the hardcore fans, but teams like Connecticut, Worcester, and Springfield should move. It's also a joke the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA draw better. Has anyone actually been to Uncasville? That town is a dump and yet more people go there than Hartford.
THAT was all Baldwin, jiggsaw, now you know why Pittsburgh declared bankruptcy because of him, the reason you're not seeing LV, Ontario, or San Diego is none of the 5 AHL Teams that are 2 hours apart are privately owned, if not, they are tied to the close proximity of the other teams... besides isn't Ontario owned by the same group who operates Manchester, Worcester lost theirs because the Blues bought the Ice Cats and wanted the franchise in Peoria, same thing as to why Boston pulled their affiliate to Providence, yet Portland survives, and that was one reason why Worcester got the Sharks because all 3 CA teams existed in NE(Anaheim was in POR, then)....
you forget the WNBA Sun, were originally part of the Devos empire in Orlando, the same entity that operates Grand Rapids through its AMWAY business, hence why the Orlando arena has that title sponsor, (as the Miracle), that NBA Owned model worked originally for the WNBA, BUT it eventually cost them Houston, Sacramento, Cleveland, etc. because it became infeasible to sustain the operation.... that's why the Monarchs were shut down in Sacramento, and likely why the Kings are in transition to Seattle.
San Diego has already stated the group who operates that arena after the Gulls were locked out of the SDSA, THAT they wanted nothing more to do w/ hockey, which has become sadly, a theme for troubled cities, who have been burned multiple times by ownership among other issues.
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