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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. Unprotected from the playoffs roster are Bates, Fox, Botten, Willigar, Hood, and Asmundson.
  4. 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.
  5. It's just a rights transfer. Weidauer never played for Huntsville and was, in fact, only acquired on paper from Peoria over the weekend.
  6. http://huntsvillehavoc.com/view/huntsvillehavoc/home-page-996/news/news_497628
  7. 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.
  8. My first guess would be because Scott Trask plays for Huntsville.
  9. 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.
  10. Since you tout your own experience... If you discovered yourself running the SPHL in lieu of Combs, what would you do? What changes would you make to improve the stability of the existing league and to encourage sustainable new franchises?
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  12. The full season schedule has been announced for the Havoc. The promotional schedule is still TBD. The schedule features: 9 games with Birmingham (5 home, 4 away) 8 games with Peoria (5 home, 3 away) 8 games with Pensacola (4 home, 4 away) 7 games with Knoxville (3 home, 4 away) 7 games with Mississippi (2 home, 5 away) 5 games with Macon (3 home, 2 away) 4 games with Evansville (2 home, 2 away) 4 games with Fayetteville (2 home, 2 away) 4 games with Roanoke (2 home, 2 away) There are three Thursday night games, one Sunday afternoon game, and one Wednesday night (post-Christmas) game. Puck drop will be 7 pm again this year, save for the lone Sunday game which will start at 5 pm. Also, some of the Saturday games (TBD) will start at 3 pm, to share the ice with the UAH Chargers.
  13. It costs money when you can't use the remaining equipment next season and wind up selling it at a discount in a yard sale. On the other hand, that loss buys you goodwill in your local hockey community. Saw plenty of Havoc pants and sticks at the Iceplex this week.
  14. I can get to Smashville, but I only have one child to sell. That won't be enough for two tickets. Maybe leave the wife at home?
  15. Here's the protected list announced this afternoon by the league: Stuart Stefan (veteran; 323 games) Sy Nutkevitch (veteran; 240 games) Jordan Wood Nolan Kaiser Christian Powers Tyler French Mike Piluso Lou Educate (ended season on IR) Kyle Sharkey Tyler Steel John Lidgett (was on team suspension from January) Dylan Nowakowski (called up to ECHL Cincinnati) John Daniels (called up to ECHL Wheeling) Players not protected: Adam Courchaine Justin Tateson Michael Holland Ben Kramer Scott Fellnermayr Steven Phee (drafted by Birmingham) Eddie Nolan Rob Simpson Blake Hietala John Clewlow