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  1. SPHL referees

    If you want better officiating, play in a better league.
  2. No, Danbury, which is in Connecticut, an entirely separate state from Massachusetts, saw its FHL franchise fold because of the cost of insuring its players, who are employees, and are treated as such under labor laws. Players deserve to be covered adequately if they are injured at work, just like the rest of us. http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Danbury-Titans-close-down-after-two-seasons-11727860.php
  3. Ahmed Mahfouz

    He was also pulled into the bench in Knoxville that one time!
  4. Ahmed Mahfouz

    Mahfouz only plays at one end of the ice. That type of player only works in the FHL... and in Fayetteville. See Sich, Rob.
  5. Combs Signs Extension

    This league's business model is unsustainable as it stands at the moment. The Columbus situation proves that. Member teams need to be able to prove that they can cover the full expense of playing the season without selling a single ticket with a performance bond before they are approved to play. Teams must have adequate staffing to sell tickets and sponsorships, do public relations, create a first-class website, and provide a quality webcast. Teams must share best practices for sponsorship, group and season ticket sales. The league needs to invest in educating team staffers in sales techniques and marketing. Anyone wanting to buy into the league would be vetted to the point that it would feel intrusive, because it has to be. Can't have another Danny Smith.
  6. Combs Signs Extension

    Secondly, as the league president, Combs is the guy who handles the business end of the expansion. He's the one in charge of due diligence. He's the one who prospective owners (like, say, Fidel Jenkins) come to and say, "What does it take to get an SPHL membership?" Sure, teams come and go. But Combs let Danny Smith in the league, playing in a substandard building with a front office that couldn't organize a two-car funeral. He let cheap-ass MacNaught run Fayetteville into the ground. And then Columbus, a cornerstone the league was built around, failed.
  7. Combs Signs Extension

    I assure you I understand the issue. I've years of front office experience in four leagues and two sports, and I've shepherded two teams through expansion processes, though not in the SPHL. Combs didn't force the vote, no, and leagues do add and lose teams every year. But at the same time, this league doesn't do anything to help the business operations (as the AHL and ECHL do, extensively) of its members while at the same time pushing itself as a "cost-containment league" with a business model that is clearly unsustainable. This league needs leadership and it starts at the top. Jim Combs is a nice guy, but...
  8. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    Fornabaio is good, but he's not quite got the reach outside of his own league that Eminian does. Kevin O was laid off almost a year ago by the D&C. He was great on the Amerks beat, but had no sources outside of the NY-area AHL teams. Wallner is a good writer but MLive.com/Grand Rapids Press has a craptacular online presence.
  9. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    Yes, but most of them cover the NHL. You'd be hard pressed to find a minor league reporter who does it as well, including the two reporters in Fort Wayne.
  10. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    Say what you will about Eminian, there's no reporter more patched in to the business side of minor league hockey. And if you've got a problem with him being opinionated, well, don't read the PJ Star.
  11. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    This guy is all about cutting labor costs while claiming poverty to get lease concessions so he can make more money. He did it in Arizona. He's done it elsewhere. He'll do it in Peoria. It's a combination of good business sense with grift/hucksterism. One of his former GM's tried to spread his idiot gospel to another city in another league after leaving Yuill's organization. The owners almost went for it, before realizing the market wouldn't go for third tier junior hockey. Either way, the owners ended up broke and the clown of a GM is out of hockey now.
  12. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    I doubt that - Yuill invested a pile to buy Bloomington and then another pile to buy Peoria. With lower (read: almost no) labor overhead in Bloomington, he's probably making a decent profit. He'll do the same with Peoria in the USHL. I highly doubt the Rivs make much money in the SPHL.
  13. Bloomington Thunder rebranding

    Don't worry, they'll be in the same league as Peoria next season.
  14. If you think it wasn't intentional, you're on the same plane of intelligence as the Fayetteville fanbois who think that Sich was pulled into the bench.
  15. Is it really that tough for you to figure out the intent given the situation in the game? Or are you just too blinded by fandom?
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