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About TwistedBrass

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  1. It was a fun game to watch. I'd like to see Milosek get more starts at home. Sadly, the Pelham arena doesn't offer the same kind of energy that the VBC does. They suffer having a crowded lobby instead of a large concourse for meeting and hanging out, and their concessions setup feels like a work in progress. Still, if the Bulls keep playing big this season they could reap the reward of more STH next season.
  2. I'm not sure why that list includes a hockey capacity number for the Celebration Arena in Priceville (Decatur). So far as I'm aware, the facility doesn't have an ice plant. Decatur's functional ice rink is at Point Mallard Park with a seating capacity of perhaps a couple hundred on bleachers. Decatur was unable to support their NA3HL team, the Point Mallard Ducks, so the thought of anything larger isn't practical even before you reach the issue of being inside the same MSA as Huntsville. If you're going to look west toward the Shoals, you're better off driving past a couple more hours to Southaven where there's more disposable income. But we all know how that turned out.
  3. TwistedBrass

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    When you buy one of the charity jerseys at the Havoc auctions -- whether for St. Jude, World of Work, Still Serving Veterans, the Huntsville Hospital NICU, or something else -- your actual transaction is typically with the Light the Lamp Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Havoc. They provide the receipt for the tax deduction (with the "value of goods received" included on it), then aggregate and pass along all the auction proceeds to the final charity. It simplifies payments by credit card. If you want to give to the Salvation Army, skip the VBC beer vendors and drop some money into the kettle instead.
  4. Poinstreak calculates the sum and average of the Announced Attendance numbers for each team to display on the League Attendance page.
  5. Each front office usually monitors three numbers: Tickets Out: This is the biggest number. It's the number of tickets pre-sold to STH, tickets sold to walk-ups at the box office on game night, plus any tickets given out as comps or distributed/sold at a discount to groups (e.g., "Boy Scout Night"). This is the number the Fire Marshal and Ticketmaster are most interested in and it typically has a hard cap. Lots of these tickets go unused. Some STH might take the night off. Not all those Boy Scouts can convince their parents to take them to the game (where they then have to buy their own ticket and pay for concessions). But just because you see an empty seat doesn't necessarily mean the team didn't receive some payment for it. The Gate: This is the smallest number. It's the number of tickets that got scanned on entry. It's your "butts in the seats" number. It may even be a little low because it might not count all the game day ops folks that are running around the arena but have badges, not tickets. They're watching the game even if they aren't sitting in a seat. Announced Attendance: This is the fabricated number. Some teams will report the (possibly inflated) Tickets Out number, some will report a proprietary blend of Tickets Out and the Gate. Few are going to report the raw Gate. This is usually the only number regular fans see because it's announced on the PA and printed on the gamesheet. Which number you care about depends on what point you are trying to prove. If you want to argue your fans have deserted you and the team is obviously going to fold, go with the Gate. If you want to demonstrate your franchise remains financially solvent in the face of a near-winless season, go with Tickets Out. If you want to complain that the front office is staffed by a bunch of lying liars who can't count above ten with their shoes on, go with Announced Attendance.
  6. Huntsville chose to invest in the replay cameras and hardware, but not all teams do. Cost is the usual constraint. Until all teams implement replay capability, I don't see the league permitting video goal review at some arenas but not at others. It will be all or nothing. Until then, Huntsville is showing replays solely for the fan experience.
  7. The Sin Bin notes that Combs was awarded a four-year contract as SPHL commissioner in August 2017, which would have committed him through the 2021-2022 season. So why the early departure? They speculate:
  8. The promo schedule has been released: Promo Schedule [HuntsvilleHavoc.com] Fred only has to wait until the Veterans Game on November 11th. Then he can drink up again on Thanksgiving. But after that it's a long wait until the third one on March 26th.
  9. Unprotected from the playoffs roster are Bates, Fox, Botten, Willigar, Hood, and Asmundson.
  10. The Huntsville Havoc share the Von Braun Center ice with the UAH Chargers and have many conflicts during the season. In February alone they wound up having home games on Thursday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon Not exactly prime slots any of those. Nor could they manage even a single Saturday game in the entire month of November when the fans were hungry for hockey to get started. Yet Huntsville still lead in attendance. To say, "Well, they got all the good dates in January and February" is not only untrue, it overestimates the value of a few good weekends. We complain about teams that don't play the whole 60. The same goes for an organization that can't promote the whole season. Every team has quirks in their local schedule that ripple through the league. But I think you have to look past that to how the different front offices handle their promotions and fan outreach to see what really drives attendance. Granted it helps to ice a winning team, but it's not sufficient. Fayetteville, for all the gloom and doom, remains squarely in the middle of the league for attendance. In fact, you have to go back all the way to 2014-15 to find better average attendance than they're enjoying this season. Win or lose, that front office has found a way to drive crowds.
  11. It's just a rights transfer. Weidauer never played for Huntsville and was, in fact, only acquired on paper from Peoria over the weekend.
  12. http://huntsvillehavoc.com/view/huntsvillehavoc/home-page-996/news/news_497628
  13. I think you are exactly right. Huntsville went from having a morning and afternoon paper to only a single morning paper, then to a smaller-sized single paper, then to a paper published just three times a week in Birmingham, consolidated with others under AL.com. The bulk of this shift was driven by the Internet, of course, as readership moved online and the ad dollars followed. I can read AL.com on my desktop without paying for a dead tree or an aspiring paperboy. Local television coverage survives, primarily because of its immediacy. (And car dealerships. Don't get me started.) If you want coverage of your local sports team these days you often have to generate it yourself. The Havoc went from providing a space for the local beat writer to plug in her laptop post-game, to having their own staff writer for the recaps, to having a pair of dedicated media guys for articles, video, website, and other needs. That approach unfortunately leaves much of the information "siloed" with each team. If you're not already a team fan and following them on TweetFace, you'll miss the coverage. However, there's no shortage of freelance writers who can flog your team on paper or on the web. The problem is finding a site with broad reach to carry their articles. With the decline in general ad dollars and public unwillingness to pay subscription fees, sites like AL.com will publish primarily regional sports that garner the largest clickership. What may be needed is an admission that coverage of your local team -- good light or bad light -- is still coverage worth paying for. If the teams want general exposure, the solution could be to pay for carriage. Advertising under a different name. A package where a team pays for guaranteed coverage during the season: recaps, bios, promos, and other commentary. The content is there. The readers are there. We're arguing over pay-to-read versus pay-to-publish.
  14. My first guess would be because Scott Trask plays for Huntsville.
  15. As an individual I agree with you. But, as you immediately point out, hockey is a business. A performance bond guaranteeing you could survive to the end of the season under any condition is simply business capital. In order to maintain their lines of credit for day-to-day operations, business are often required to maintain a minimum amount of capital in the bank. Why would this be any different? Yes, it increases the initial investment to start a franchise. But it would dissuade the kind of mid-season collapses we've seen in the FHL. Cost-conscious owners should crunch hard numbers at the beginning of every summer. If business conditions are bad and they question whether they'd survive the upcoming season, why risk the performance bond? Shut down before the season starts. Don't drop the puck and hope you can keep the doors open until playoffs. Hope is not a business plan.