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Dave Moore said on May 8th, 2009 at 6:38 am

Any idea where in Ontario Balsille is looking to move them to? And how would that play with the ownership of the Leafs and Sens?

Bryan Apolskis said on May 8th, 2009 at 8:02 am

It would be interesting to see what percentage of major pro teams are operating in the red. The Indiana Pacers owner has said the team lost money every year except one since opening Conseco Fieldhouse. He can’t do it anymore. It appears they will renegoiate their lease at Conseco Fieldhouse which could make the local capital improvement board take on the $15 million/yr of operating expenses the Pacers had paid since moving into the new arena. He said he is giving the Indiana Fever (WNBA) one more year to build revenues. In this case the City of Glendale (like any other city), its about sport tourism dollars and want to hold on. The NHL doesn’t want this to look like a failure of their brand in a market like Phoenix, which is not a traditional hockey market. Now that major sports are seeing a pull back from fans on ticket prices and sponsors are building more metrix to gage sponsorship ROI and cities are becoming taxed out in building and maintaining stadiums, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more instances of teams looking at bankruptcy. It could make for some very interesting labor battles. Teams will ultimately look at cutting expenses. It is going to be hard to see smaller markets continue to take on $80 – $100 million or more in payrolls.

Carson McKee said on May 8th, 2009 at 8:38 am

Hi Russell,

I’m most interested in this from the “branding” of this drama (as you put it). The makeitseven.ca campaign is an interesting position to take on this – as is the Keep It Six response… These are ideas that I’ve posted about on my blog as well – from a brand/PR and social media perspective.

Brian Walsh said on May 8th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Dave: he wants to move them to Hamilton, outside of Toronto. The senators wouldn’t care all that much, but the leafs would not be happy but would survive just fun. They would give the sabres the biggest problems.

Jamie Favreau said on May 8th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Well sounds like a controversy and a long drawn out war between everyone. I am concerned about what happens to the NEW Glendale Arena.