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RowdyFan42

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In Topic: NHL Board Authorizes Formal Expansion Process

26 June 2015 - 01:42 PM

Similar to Florida teams is my exact concern. Outside the Dolphins and now the Lightning, at least for the time being, no one cares about Florida sports. The Rays are perennial contenders, and it's usually not even close attendance wise between Tampa and whoever comes in at 29th. And it's probable that Miami is in that 29th conversation yearly. The Panthers might as well not exist.

 

I misunderstood this post and thought you were saying that the Lightning couldn't draw for crap, and I was about to come back with this well-researched rebuttal about how Tampa actually tends to draw rather well, and then I reread it and realized you were talking about baseball instead.   :lol:

 

But yeah, the Rays are just pitiful when it comes to attendance.  Lately Cleveland has been right down there with them, and the Marlins usually aren't too far off.

 

I'd be careful about dissing the Panthers, though.  Granted, they only drew a little over 11k this past season and a little over 14k the year before that, but typically they're in the same general neighborhood as the Devils; sometimes their attendance is better, sometimes ours is.  Here's the last 10 seasons of attendance data (hopefully the formatting comes out right):

 

             Florida          New Jersey     difference
2014-15    11,265  30th      15,189  26th       3924
2013-14    14,177  29th      15,257  24th       1080
2012-13    16,991  22nd      17,114  20th        123
2011-12    16,628  21st      15,396  24th      -1232
2010-11    15,685  22nd      14,775  25th      - 910
2009-10    15,146  25th      15,535  20th        389
2008-09    15,621  24th      15,790  23rd        169
2007-08    15,436  25th      15,564  23rd        128
2006-07    15,370  22nd      14,176  26th      -1194
2005-06    16,014  19th      14,230  26th      -1784

 

In Topic: 2014-15 Albany Devils and ECHL Thread

14 April 2015 - 11:21 PM

Albany's playoff chances heading into the final weekend of the season:  Slim, but they're still in it.

.................Pts..MaxPts ROW MaxROW...Wed. 4/15....Friday 4/17....Saturday 4/18...Sunday 4/19
 7  Worcester.....86....92....38...41..................@Providence....@Manchester.....vs. Portland
 8  Portland......83....89....35...38..................@Manchester....vs. Providence  @Worcester
 9  Springfield...83....87....32...34..................@St. John's....@St. John's
10  Albany........79....85....32...35....vs. Syracuse..@Wilkes-Barre..vs. Hartford
 
ROW = Regulation/OT wins (Tiebreaker #1)
 
Points in season series (Tiebreaker #2):
- Albany vs. Portland:  POR 5, ALB 3
- Albany vs. Springfield:  SPR 12, ALB 8
- Portland vs. Springfield:  POR 6, SPR 2
- Worcester vs. Springfield:  WOR 8, SPR 6
- Worcester vs. Portland:  WOR 9, POR 7 (1 game remaining)



At this point, they cannot catch Worcester, but the #8 spot is still within reach. They need to get at least 5 of their remaining 6 possible points and hope both Portland and Springfield stumble big time. Any of the following will end Albany's playoff hopes:
- a loss in regulation
- two points by Portland
- three points by Springfield
- two points by Springfield combined with a failure by Albany to gain at least one regulation win

Bottom line: They need to win, and they need a lot of help.