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Very good exposure for the SP.  Even a Fayetteville Marksmen mention.

1. Announced attendance and paid attendance are not synonymous. 

2.  The team has ZERO control of concessions. It is exclusively controlled by the Crown Mgmt and its F&B Vendor.

3. 2k people did NOT leave the game halfway through the 3rd period. LOL. 

4. Why would any team, leading 5-2, start a fight? 

 

 
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They are offsetting that with shorter travel distances between the cities.  🤔  They are just going to kill the teams barely making it with travel costs.  But they will have 3 teams that should be able to keep the league afloat with Carolina, Elmira, and Columbus if they can get them.  I have a feeling thats how everyone will get new expansion teams in leagues.  Teams dropping out of ECHL will go to SPHL if in the footprint of the league.  With teams dropping out of SPHL going to the FHL.  They haven't figured out where their footprint is yet.  Not seeing much action from any new cities about expansion especially in the SPHL.  

My understanding to this is that most teams need and average of around 2500 to break even at every game.  We currently have 6 teams that are over that goal right now, two  others are close the and then the other two I don't know what they have to do get the fans.  They should be well above average as these two cites have had hockey teams for quite a few years.

I know some of the fans in Birmingham that used to go say they liked ECHL better that the SPHL, I told them give this a chance and you will like it.  I told one person I knew from back in the Bulls ECHL days that if these players are not that good then why do so may of them get the ECHL call up!  They looked and me and said you mean these  guys get called up to ECHL and I said yes and that changed their mind and now they are gong to the games at Pelham.  It all boils down to perception to some people.

I think you will see some teams go and new teams come into the league, I keep hearing rumblings of some of the lower attended ECHL teams wanting to get in and then some that would like to get in but egos will not let them take the plunge. 

Don't be surprised if you see the ECHL come after some SPHL markets that have strong followings, that talk is out there too.
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Post in Peoria: Stuff-A-Bus seeks 11 tons of food ...
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Restricting it to a Teddy Bear Toss would have eliminated the possibility of getting whatever this is: 

I'd sure like to shake this not-so-young-any-more man's hand some day. 

The attendance is less important because sponsors heavily subsidize the cost of operations/players salaries. Once you find a company willing to buck the status quo of North American sports, you can have a professional team with attendance like that of a European hockey team.
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If that disparity continues into the next calendar year, it will make the races for 4 through 8 that much more intense.  Must be a League conspiracy. 

The two teams looked evenly matched to me.  Fayetteville's goalie, Murray made 6 to 8 excellent saves to keep his team in the game.  I'm concerned about Hauswirth.  He looks slow to me- hopefully he's playing through an injury and he'll come around soon..

As a long-long(-long-)time resident of the Metro St. Louis area, I can tell you without hesitation that low minor pro hockey in St. Charles, MO is a pipe dream (close but off the crossbar).  It was tried twice before - most recently by the owners of the then-CHL's Missouri Mavericks ownership for the same sort of regional business base reasons you are proposing - and neither attempt had the legs to power skate.  Just as significantly, junior hockey failed 3 times between 1996 & 2012 to gain popularity in our region   The economic, geographical & social reasons are too numerous to recount here.  Suffice it to say: If it ain't NHL hockey, it won't play to revenue-producing crowds in The Lou.

As for the possibility of an Indy Fuel demotion, the father-son team of Jim and Sean Hallett who own the team have expressed considerable intent to invest in further hockey-related business development in the Indianapolis area.  I see the Fuel ECHL franchise as an important community anchor for the success of that project, with the backing of a Chicago Blackhawks affiliation that has clearly "fueled" the local fanbase (as witnessed by the large number of Hawks jerseys on display at their home games & the continuing popularity of that annoying Hawks-goal-song-which-shall-not-be-named.)  Further & beyond the simple math of yearly attendance numbers @ Indiana Farmers Coliseum, it is noteworthy that the facility only seats 6,800 while the Fuel attendance numbers have been remarkably steady in their 4+ seasons.  So IMO, the Indy Fuel will continue to live on as an ECHL member as long as The Halletts have the resources to invest in it and as long as the Blackhawks organization sees advantage in continuing their affiliation.

One more important note regarding your key premises for an "SPHL Midwest Division": If the long-term success of Fort Wayne hockey was able to be bottled & transported to other Midwest towns, don't you think The Frankes would be operating that bottling line 24/7 and making their new family fortune on the 5-cent deposits? 

If'n they can keep this momentum, they shall create a disturbance in the force

The visiting team's version of the events ... Rivermen Drop Opener in Overtime Saturday

And the highlights video ...

 

Always said that $5 game will bring a whole lot more of people.  Even new ones who think its too expensive for their whole family to attend.  Good way to find some more fans that wouldn't have shown up unless it was that cheap.  Good way to try to hook new fans onto the game.  Pensacola's management does a good job letting their fans know its not all about the money.  Especially making their preseason game for free and opening night for $5.  We use to have a night like that in Roanoke every season and have sell outs of around 9,000 fans.  Make it cheap and they will usually come!

Nice, looks like they screwed our Dawgs on that simulation.  I will really be disappointed if it looks like that at the end of the year!

Post in Storm Final Roster announced

Aim high. 

The QC hockey boosters group has been around for many years, and they work very hard to accommodate the players & their daily needs through the season.  I encourage supporting their efforts. 
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And there you have it, folks: The traditional minor pro hockey "Announcement of an Announcement."  Hockey season can't be far off now. 

I'm liking the information that Shawn Bednard / Director of Media Relations & Broadcaster for the Marksmen, is getting out on twitter, FB, instagram & the web site.  He has been showing up at community events to get the brand out in the public.   I'm looking forward for that enthusiasm to carry over with the game day staff this year.
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Hey everyone we have come down to the last 30 days in the fundraiser and we have a ways to go.  I encourage everyone if you like having a place to talk hockey with other SPHL fans to donate to help keep us around.  This forum is funded completely by the fans and we've been around for 8 years and I'd love for there to be a 9th and beyond.  In the event we don't raise the amount needed for the whole year I'll tally up what I have and announce when the site will shut down.  Hopefully, that won't be necessary. Hockey season isn't far away & I hope you all had a wonderful summer!
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Post in 'How can a new start-up team stay around unless there's enough support to pay the bills?'

Those aren't bad.  It would be better if they didn't have that stripe in the middle.  I never liked the Mallards orange jersey just because they had a stripe going around the middle.  After looking at them for a few I do like them.

Hauswirth - check

 
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I'd hate to see this show after a long losing streak.  JGT would probably release all the media guys a long with all of his players.

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