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  1. Potential Expansion

    Bonkers if true. Of course I woulda said the same thing about Peoria, so...
  2. Potential Expansion

    I have a spec budget from the old attempted startup/scam NPHL, and I guess it was pretty much the same thing. I’ll have to pop it off whichever computer I have it on, but I remember thinking there’s no way an outfit could be profitable AND professional under this setup...
  3. Potential Expansion

    What makes up the difference in budgets between the FHL and SPHL? I know the salary cap is a little bit lower over there but that seems like a LOT of corners to cut to halve total operating costs.
  4. Potential Expansion

    Wheeling is such a unique situation, and one that I've been meaning to take a closer look at--with the things I've been trying to put together re: Huntington/Charleston over the years, I've held out hope that the stars would align so that we'd be playing regular contests against Wheeling again, in one league or another. (My occasional conversations with the Blizzard's old beat-writer almost always touch on his frustration that they still have a team, while Huntington doesn't ) I know there's a pretty good amount of cooperation between the team and the Pens, and I wonder how much that also affects their still managing to make the ECHL work. Much of the state is in the Pittsburgh sports bubble, but the northern panhandle especially. That said, I do remember that this is a team that was a premature news article away from moving to Youngstown before the current ownership group stepped in. And what's the situation with Cincinnati? I thought the Cyclones and US Bank Arena were co-owned by Nederlander.
  5. Potential Expansion

    Sounds like Huntington: Locomotives 2001, Heroes 2006-08, Hammer 2011. Meanwhile there's a not-insignificant leak somewhere in the cooling system that would have to be fixed before they got the ice running in the Arena again :\ last couple managers have been just fine with it as chiefly a concert venue...
  6. Potential Expansion

    Several years ago I asked the then-manager at Huntington’s arena about that. Quite simply, the cost to set up for indoor football is WAY cheaper. Low five-figures for turf, a couple hundred dollars for PVC goalposts, plus associated paintjobs. Easy setup, easy upkeep, as long as the bills are getting paid the arena’s just fine with it.
  7. Well Winston/Salem isn't exactly known for hockey observancy, which is sorta why this is a thing. I will echo the above, that 2201/game, while second from the bottom, is a LOT better gate than W/S has done in a long time. In fact after checking HockeyDB the last team to finish a season over 2000/game in W/S was the ORIGINAL Thunderbirds, right before they moved north. So they've at least got a lot better traction to move forward than teams past. One thought--wonder if the success of the Nouveau T-Birds has anything to do with why we haven't heard a peep out of the (purportedly Soskin-backed) UHL revival?
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  9. Potential Expansion

    From what I've found there's been exactly a half-season of indoor football in the Chattanooga area, plus a stillborn franchise. Both (would have) played at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge.
  10. Potential Expansion

    I can't see them going north of Ohio under any circumstances. Peoria being in the league makes Dayton a little more plausible, but the arena's been condemned and I think is being torn down? So unless someone wants to pay Nutter Center's jacked up rents (that killed the ECHL Bombers) I don't see them getting another team anytime soon...
  11. I had to do a double-take because Marshall's fledgling hockey club isn't playing Cincinnati at all but that's pretty spiffy. Of course even spiffier is that we won, but...
  12. Farewell to the Joe

    Joe Louis Arena was much younger than Olympia--but both closed as the second-oldest arena in the league at that time. How time flies...
  13. Return of the Bulls?

    Ahh, okay. Wasn't entirely familiar with the whole setup there so I saw that big empty space in the floorplan and thought "ooo a solution!"
  14. Return of the Bulls?

    Could probably set up some temp-bleachers in the open end? Also, just curious, what is the league minimum on capacity? 4000?
  15. Potential Relocation

    I'm all for repurposing big-box stores. Hope this works out for you guys
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