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01-05-2011, 10:46 AM
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Checkers thriving under Canes' affiliation

Article in this morning's Raleigh News & Observer, reprinted in the Charlotte Observer as well.

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Checkers thriving under Canes' affiliation


The Checkers averaged 5,739 fans in their first 17 home games, ranking ninth in attendance among 30 AHL teams. The Albany Devils, now affiliated with New Jersey Devils, were last (2,770.)

A crowd of 12,512 turned out for the Checkers' Oct. 15 home opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Black said the Checkers had an increase of 69 percent in season-ticket revenue from last season. Corporate sponsorship revenue has shown a 35 percent increase, she said.

"I think our corporate partners notice and appreciate the difference in the hockey product," she said.

One benchmark in the AHL is that $2 million in ticket revenue marks a successful season. Black said the Checkers have a three-year plan to reach that mark, saying the team did not want to spike ticket prices this season.

Black said an agreement with Time Warner Cable will result in some of the Checkers games being televised. The first, she said, would be Jan. 14 against the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs and would be available on Time Warner Cable in the Triangle.


Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/01/...#ixzz1AAzQ3JIo

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Not a knock to the Canes, but I think this has WAY more to do w/ changing from a ECHL team to an AHL team.

In 2009, through the entire 36 game season, the Checkers averaged 5,311 fans/game. They were 6th in ECHL attendance. I think this proves that the market is a very viable and well-run one.


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With all due respect the comparison to attendance in Albany is completely irrelevant. Last year in the ECHL the Checkers outdrew the River Rats, so I'm not sure what the point of that comparison is.

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With all due respect the comparison to attendance in Albany is completely irrelevant. Last year in the ECHL the Checkers outdrew the River Rats, so I'm not sure what the point of that comparison is.
I'm guessing they are validating the move of the franchise?

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I'm guessing they are validating the move of the franchise?
But the franchise didn't "move", the Checkers bought the AHL franchise from the ownership group in Albany so there's nothing to "validate". If it was a situation where the Albany ownership kept the team and moved it to Charlotte then I could see the point of the statement.

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Fair enough, I didn't take it as a bash on Albany but as a way of contextualizing where they were compared to where they are now.

If you look in the article, there's even a quote from one of the players complimenting the Albany fans but wishing there had been more of them.

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But the franchise didn't "move", the Checkers bought the AHL franchise from the ownership group in Albany so there's nothing to "validate". If it was a situation where the Albany ownership kept the team and moved it to Charlotte then I could see the point of the statement.
The franchise was sold and moved. Since the affiliation did not change, I think what they are showing is that Charlotte is better for the Canes players than Albany since they are playing in front of more people and the team is in better financial condition.

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Rah rah Albany sucks, yes we know. already... Having said that, I'm staggered we even get as many fans as we do for Devils games.

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Rah rah Albany sucks, yes we know. already... Having said that, I'm staggered we even get as many fans as we do for Devils games.
Me too!!!

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The Checkers also cut a television deal a week ago.

http://gocheckers.com/news/more/inde...article_id=349

It would be substantially better, especially for team exposure, if they could have gotten on basic cable.

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I gotta say I'm enjoying the AHL game here in Charlotte. Not a knock against the ECHL Checkers, I enjoyed them too, but I enjoy the quality of the AHL more. Now if the Checkers could win more games when crowds close to or over 10,000 show up..........
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The Checkers also cut a television deal a week ago.

http://gocheckers.com/news/more/inde...article_id=349

It would be substantially better, especially for team exposure, if they could have gotten on basic cable.
I agree and I think that's something that should be looked at in the future. Maybe News14Carolina could air a few games (they used to air Bobcat games about 5 years ago)?

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