New Devils owner Josh Harris an expert in risk management
Fantastic read. I'll post a brief excerpt but the piece is much more expansive.
UPBEAT IN NEWARK
Now comes the challenging part ó bringing in more corporate sponsors. While the Devilsí attendance ranks near the top of the league, the season began with more than half of the arenaís 72 suites unsold. The Devilsí new management enters an ultra-competitive market for performers and events that now includes the Barclays Center and a refurbished Madison Square Garden.
Overall, Harris said, Newark fits his template as a place overripe for development. Before sealing the purchase of the Devils, Harris said he walked around the arena, on Mulberry Street and Edison Place.
He speaks customarily in understated tones. Told that part of the Ironbound has attracted young professionals, that Portuguese and barbecue restaurants lure customers from outside the city, Harrisí eyes narrowed, and he asked a visitor for guidance. He had a new project in mind.
"Letís drive around an hour or two before a game," he said. "Letís plan that."
the guy is successful in business that is for sure
but come on with this kiss ass fluff piece, they would write something similar about any new owner (they all tend to be well off) They make it seem like he is courageous for taking a skiing vacation for god's sake
Let's see what you got planned for success in the stands and on the ice
I wish the Devils success under his ownership - but I would wish the same if Gary Bettman or anyone else owned them
I won't make my judgement on the new owners for another 5 years. But it is a huge + that they cleared out the debt problem. Hopefully Newark improves over the next 20 years to become a desirable place to live.
In the comments section he noted he was referring to last year's attendance because he thinks this year is too small of a sample to draw a conclusion. He also said he'd write an article about our attendance successes and woes in the future.
Good point on the attendance.
I was focused more on last year's numbers, given that this season is still pretty new.
More I think on it, we should definitely write more about what's going on with the Devils' attendance and the ticket sales, etc.
alhattab4 days ago
Craig there is a lot of negative attendance chatter out there. But is this year much different than, say previous October/November stats? My recall is that the Devils have never really drawn well until later in the season once football is done and winter really sets in. For 2011-2012, average attendance was 14,416 over Oct/Nov (10 home games). Full year average was 15,397. All this according to http://www.hockeyattendance.com/team/new-jersey-de... Now none of the Oct/Nov games were vs. NYR or PIT, and not selling those games out is a little strange, but still the figures to date do not seem out of the norm to me.