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13K in 17 Minutes

The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the soon to be home of the NHL’s Winnipeg franchise, seats 15,015 people when configured as a hockey venue.  When season tickets went on sale after 15 years of a city desperately waiting for NHL hockey’s return, it took 17 minutes to sell 13,000 of them.  True North Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of what was the Atlanta Thrashers, spent less than 72 hours on their season ticket campaign, met their goal, and guaranteed that 86.5% of tickets for next year are already sold.

To put that in perspective the Thrashers were 28th in attendance in 2010/11 with an average false amended inflated attendance of 13,469 or 72.6%.  Without a puck being dropped, Winnipeg has already topped Atlanta’s numbers season on season.  I won’t even get into how much I absolutely doubt the accuracy of that attendance figure for Atlanta.  Let’s just say the organization was buying its own tickets to make itself look better.  People who went to games there  said they usually saw less than 5,000 people in seats.  The television camera generally agreed with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

200 Whole Fans Rally In Atlanta

Thrashers fans focus their anger on a Go Jets Go Banner

The Thrashers have an annual “Select-A-Seat” event for their season ticker holders.  The event was held again this year despite heavy rumors and some confirmations regarding the team’s upcoming relocation to Winnipeg.  Two hundred fans came together to voice their opinion on the pending move and how they feel about the Atlanta Spirit Group who currently, technically, still owns the Thrashers and the NBA Atlanta Hawks.   I’ll repeat that.  Two hundred fans gathered.

This was an event for season ticket holders.  Sure I get that recent events and rumors have likely led to a decline in interest or desire to be around the thing that is ripping the heart out of hockey in Atlanta but all you could muster was two hundred fans?  No wonder you can’t fill an arena. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I’ll Say It Again, Atlanta IS Moving. Write It Down.

Believe it or not after the Globe & Mail reported and then Nick Kypreos and Sportscenter confirmed it, there are people that still think the deal for Atlanta to relocate to Winnipeg isn’t going to happen.  Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said yesterday that Tuesday would “be an interesting day“.    Now news comes out that the Manitoba Moose of the AHL are relocating to St. John’s Newfoundland.   The AHL Moose currently play in the MTS Centre which would be the home of a NHL team moving to Winnipeg.   The Moose are a very successful, winning AHL team.  The only reason on god’s green earth for them to make this sort of move is to free the building up.  I hope you can do the math from there. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thrashers to Winnipeg IS Happening.

Late Thursday Night Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail published an article that stated the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers are being purchased by a Winnipeg Group which plans to relocate that team to the Manitoba capital city.  There was rampant speculation, a slew of denials and by the end of the evening both Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet and ESPN’s Sportscenter were willing to confirm the report.  Its just a matter of a Board of Governor’s vote which won’t be a hurdle.

Lets just go ahead and go with the Bettman is mad it broke so quickly, as evidenced by his reaction reading his Blackberry at the Boston/Tampa Bay game,  and Winnipeg will play games but a confirming press conference will depend on the whims of Napoleon prognisis.  The Thrashers have played their last game in Atlanta.   I have family ties to Atlanta.  Wife was born there and loves her native city.  Brother and my father-in-law and his family all live there.  I’m still not sad this move is happening.  First of all this is good for Hockey.  Winnipeg will sell out the venue every night in support of their team, which should be called the Jets once again.  The NHL was subsidizing a franchise that was losing money year in and year out in a failed attempt to get hockey to catch in a southern market.  The Braves are the wife in that market.  The Falcons are the hot mistress and the Hawks are the awkwardly attractive third cousin that no one wants to admit they have feelings for.  The Thrashers were the ugly finger-nail biting crazy uncle that no one wanted to sit next to at the reunion. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 20, 2011 at 12:38 AM

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