I didn't say it was cheaper, but compared to the experience, it was well worth the extra bucks. I don't know where you sat for $150 per, but I went to about 6 games, and never paid more than 45 per, and had excellent seats (great site lines) usually 7-10 rows up. Bought my tix on Stub Hub, but I digress...Perception is reality, and the PERCEPTION is that it is very unsafe there. They did little marketing and people had too many alternative choices. For those bashing the Devils handling of this team, people in this area, are primarily Flyers/Rangers fans. I've been to several games in Trenton, and I've got to be honest, it was decent hockey, but not much of an experience.
$150 for a family.
Your argument is pretty weak. Nobody attending a ECHL game is going to confuse it for NHL an level of play, and for my kids this has done way more to hook them on the sport than sitting in the 100 level at the Rock. So for me that was pretty valuable.
And Trenton being unsafe? I'd venture to say it was waaaaaaaaaay more unsafe 14 years ago when they were filling the place. And even then, its right off a highway.
No question the Devils did damage to the market, but I'd say its pretty weak to pin it on just that. Overall people were happy to have their team name back, but then there were many a night the last two season where it looked identical in the stands to a T-Devils game.
There have been hints that there is a bit more to the story here than just attendance, so lets see how that plays out. My guess is some sort of obligation wasn't met that was promised when the team was hastily revived last year. Ashmore reported is for a team to return, it would be treated as an expansion team and pay the fees associated with that. So if you read between those lines the league wasn't paid something it was expecting right?