seriously, winnipeggers, pay the naysayers no attention...we have ZERO to prove to anyone.
you could say we will see what happens in 10 years to 75% of the teams in the league....they invent hydrogen fuel cells for cars and the alberta teams could be in trouble by then.
the jets are the most successful new or relocated franchise ever.....it is absurd to cast any doubt on winnipeg with half the league hemorrhaging money.
they all said....
you will never get an arena....we got an arena.
you will never get an owner....we got one of the richest men on God's earth as an owner
you will never sell tickets at the league average price....we sold them at the second highest average price in the NHL
you will never sell your suites at full price.....we sold them all at a 10 year commitment and have a waiting list of more than 100%
you will never sell out every game.....we sold out every game for 5 years in 17 seconds, with 250 000 people trying to get tickets.
you will never have enough ticket revenue in a 15000 seat arena....we made the top 10 in the first year.
you will never get a real tv deal....we are one of 3 markets to get TSN
we have proven every naysayer wrong.....and will for a long time to come....this team is backed by government for the long term, wealthy and stable ownership and a diverse business model that includes arena ownership.
there are 15 other teams that the NHL should be concerned about regarding long term stability....there is nothing to indicate that winnipeg should be one of them....
Last edited by peter sullivan: 03-09-2012 at 11:14 PM.
I get where this is really coming from, but can you please name me a team in the league that doesn't have these kinds of similar standard deals? Seriously, I want to know. Did Atlanta recieve any kind of subsidies from govt? Please educate me.
I think what btn was trying to point out was that Phoenix was deemed only viable through public subsidies, implication being that none of the Canadian markets received nor relied on such 'grants'.
Originally Posted by rt
In the first year? Hmmm...no wonder they are "notorious".
Originally Posted by Whileee
If I misinterpreted your post by assuming that you meant to imply that the success in the first year was not necessarily an indicator that this would be a long term success, then I apologize for my intemperate response.
My response, rt, was the opposite of what Whileee assumed. I went in the opposite direction to point out that some claimed the city could not possibly have an NHL-ready arena even if an owner with deep pockets could be found, which was an unlikely scenario as well. Entire lists were drawn up to prove there was no such deep-pocketed individual there, not enough corporations to support an NHL team, and soforth. Thus the entire premise of an NHL team in Winnipeg was dismissed. Those posters would never have considered your year one even a remote possibility.
Why so grumpy? Those of us up north are the one lacking in sunshine at this time of year. We're legitimately grumpy.