Honestly I wouldn't be opposed to a total sale right now.
i'm fine with that too but i think the real issue is that you're just not going to generate a great return on your investment for the amount of cash that has to go in.
let's say that a total sale of the Devils (including their ownership in the arena) goes for $200mm. To make this worth someone's while as far as ROI, you'd really need $10mm in profits/year - 5%. That's terribly difficult to do. No Investment Entity is making this buy.
edit - perhaps "terribly difficult" is a bit strong but it's not easy - they'd need $50mm payroll, 15k+ avg attendance, 250 booked dates, 2 rounds of playoffs to get that figure, i'd think.
Really, this team NEEDS an owner like JVB - someone who loves the team and can absorb deal w/ p&l's of +/- $5MM and see owning the team as a vanity project.
Nobody is buying the devils and expecting to "make a living" off it. so that means you have to get a rich superfan that likes owning the NEW JERSEY DEVILS and not the Quebec Devils or Hamilton Devils or Kansas City Devils.
not so easy.
Edited by sundstrom, 12 September 2011 - 03:50 PM.
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