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  1. Bad ice can be fixed at a cost. That’s not a valid reason unless the building operator does not wish to correct the issue. I think it’s a mutual dislike. Barclays Center Officials have complained they lose money on the Islanders due to poor attendance and the Islanders complain of bad ice and the hockey set-up. Barclays was built for basketball with no consideration for hockey. From the very beginning I read it was a bad decision to move there but, it was their only choice if they they were going to stay on Long Island, and the previous owner was committed to Long Island. The Belmont Park location might be perfect for them since it gets them back to Nassau County and closer to their true fan base. BUT, can they get the deal done? Relocation related, the Senators’ owner has publicly threatened the other day to move the team to Quebec City, if a new downtown Ottawa arena is not approved soon.
  2. I seriously doubt it. Disney on Ice has been there but they have portable ice equipment if needed. It’s also hard to imagine UTC would foot the bill to install permanent ice for a minor league team. I also wander if they care renting to a professional team from any sport. I’ve searching for pro basketball team or, particularly, indoor football that has played there... so far nothing. It seems Chattanooga would be an idea city for inoor football and would be surprised if no one has tried place a team there.
  3. It would still have suitable for a rink size within reason. Knoxville has the smallest in the SPHL I believe. Isn’t 185x80?
  4. The Islanders are in need since they will be leaving Barclays Center and they will not be returning to the Coliseum. The building management wants them out and they want out. As of right now the Islanders are only committed to Barclays Center through next season. So until they secure a location in metro NY and start construction relocation is possible. Carolina was more of a light hearted commentary when management announces commitment to something then do something different a short time later. But, don’t think red tape will prevent them for moving. If they wish to move bad enough they’ll cut through it.
  5. I can see Houston and Quebec City landing NHL teams but it hard to imagine the NHL expanding to 34 teams anytime in the near future. Especially when there will always be teams relocating periodically. Despite Bettman’s love of Pheonix, the Coyotes are not guaranteed to stay put without a new building. Also in need of new buildings are the Flames and the Islanders. While it’s very unlikely the Flames will move it is a possibility, as well as the Islanders, until ground is broke. Then you have Carolina. Now that the new owner said he is committed to keeping the team in Raleigh they are as good as gone.
  6. One of the biggest challenges for an organization wanting to place a hockey team in McKenzie Arena will be the lack of beer sale revenue. Per the FAQ page on the UTC McKenzie Arena website, “As a state academic facility, we can not, by law, sell or allow alcoholic beverages in the facility.” There is also the issues of (A) will a regulation rink fit without losing too much lower level seating and, more importantly, (B) does UTC want a professional sports team renting their arena? I’m guessing the answer to at least one of those is no. https://www.utc.edu/mckenzie-arena/index.php
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  8. Clarify for me please

    I believe the first tie breaker is head to head and Macon won the season series 5-3-1.
  9. FHL's Future Unclear?

    , you are talking about the FHL. They would probably still play. After all, they played the 2013-14 season with only 4 teams. I bet they would make a go of it with only 3.
  10. Happy Birthday Baronsfan!

  11. Happy Birthday Baronsfan!

  12. Sphl Franchise Fee

    I believe he means the fee an expansion team must pay to enter the league.
  13. I've seen the Bulls play at the BJCC and the Slammers play at the PCC. The PCC is an excellent recreational ice complex but lousy for watching a pro game. FHL standards or a little better. if Birmingham was to get a team I would hope it would play at the BJCC. Of course, if I lived in the Birmingham area, the PCC would be better than nothing. Regardless, it would be great it Birmingham could get a SPHL franchise next season. With Macon that would two reasonable road trips from Columbus.
  14. Echl/chl Merger

    Now that the ECHL/CHL merger is official I can't help but wonder if the SPHL will consider renaming the league the CHL or CPHL some time in the future when the name comes available. After all, the SPHL no longer has all their teams in the south and half the league plays in the central time zone. Plus, five cities in the league had CHL franchises at one time, Columbus, Mississippi/Memphis, Huntsville, Fayetteville, and Macon. Just a thought.
  15. Augusta Ga

    Doubtful. The SPHL camps open about the same time the ECHL starts it's regular season. A pre-season game or two in Macon involving Columbus, Huntsville, or Knoxville would be cool.
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