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nopuckluck
03-17-2012, 08:02 PM
You could shoot a cannon thru Joe Louis at tonight's final. What gives? Last night at a suburban sports bar in Detroit not ONE of the 50 flat screens had any hockey. Meanwhile with no Minnesota teams at the WCHA Final in ST. Paul there are 20,000 packed into the Xcel to watch Denver vs. Nodak. Hey Detroit ... Pass the torch!

Red Cows
03-17-2012, 08:10 PM
You could shoot a cannon thru Joe Louis at tonight's final. What gives? Last night at a suburban sports bar in Detroit not ONE of the 50 flat screens had any hockey. Meanwhile with no Minnesota teams at the WCHA Final in ST. Paul there are 20,000 packed into the Xcel to watch Denver vs. Nodak. Hey Detroit ... Pass the torch!

Watching it on Direct TV here in Omaha. Shameful that two Michigan teams can't get even half the arena filled. Looks like it isn't even half full to me.

huskyfan
03-17-2012, 08:57 PM
That's PRO hockey! I'm starting to think the BIG 10 should have waited for teams number 7 and 8.

giwan
03-17-2012, 09:00 PM
That's PRO hockey! I'm starting to think the BIG 10 should have waited for teams number 7 and 8.

Yep HockeyTown ONLY for the Red Wings. What you see is nothing new for college hockey at the Joe though I have seen it filled better then that.

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:01 PM
Joe Louis Arena stopped marketing college hockey about 10 years ago. Now they're just collecting the ticket, parking, and beer money.

UMBand
03-17-2012, 09:06 PM
Joe Louis Arena stopped marketing college hockey about 10 years ago. Now they're just collecting the ticket, parking, and beer money.
Keep in mind as well it's pretty much the worst-kept secret in the Detroit area that Ilitch will be building a new facility for the Red Wings within the next five years. The land acquisition has been in the works for the last decade (or more), it's not a matter of if, but rather of when. And right in time for the first half decade of the BTHC.

Red Cows
03-17-2012, 09:10 PM
They announced crowd of just over 10,000 but I don't think there were that many people actually in the building.

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:11 PM
Keep in mind as well it's pretty much the worst-kept secret in the Detroit area that Ilitch will be building a new facility for the Red Wings within the next five years. The land acquisition has been in the works for the last decade (or more), it's not a matter of if, but rather of when. And right in time for the first half decade of the BTHC.

Ilitch may not even be alive in 5 years (he's gonna be 83 in July), the city's broke and there's not much of an appetite for public financing. We'll see.

giwan
03-17-2012, 09:15 PM
Keep in mind as well it's pretty much the worst-kept secret in the Detroit area that Ilitch will be building a new facility for the Red Wings within the next five years. The land acquisition has been in the works for the last decade (or more), it's not a matter of if, but rather of when. And right in time for the first half decade of the BTHC.

So you are both of the belief that is has to do with it being Joe Louis Arena? I believe his land acquisition has been done awhile ago it's the financing, how much he will stick the public for. He has a pretty sweet deal with the city now in regard to many factors, ie parking, snow removal, policing costs etc

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:17 PM
The marketing crew at Olympia entertainment has shown no interest in doing anything other than collect money when it comes to college hockey, and it's been that way for about a decade.

Slap Shot
03-17-2012, 09:19 PM
The marketing crew at Olympia entertainment has shown no interest in doing anything other than collect money when it comes to college hockey, and it's been that way for about a decade.

But wouldn't a smidgen of marketing increase said return?

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:19 PM
Tell that to them.

UMBand
03-17-2012, 09:23 PM
So you are both of the belief that is has to do with it being Joe Louis Arena? I believe his land acquisition has been done awhile ago it's the financing, how much he will stick the public for. He has a pretty sweet deal with the city now in regard to many factors, ie parking, snow removal, policing costs etc
The last few pieces were put in place in the last couple of years. A new arena goes up in Foxtown, he's got the parking, policing, snow removal, etc. deals already in place. And a bright, shiny new building that has people's attention. The point is that they're going to want to do anything to get major events in a new arena, and will actually market this thing beyond a few crappy TV commercials and a table with flyers in a few conference rinks.

The BTHC will be an entirely different situation, from marketing to exposure to draw, with different geographic and fanbase realities than the CCHA. Toss in a new Wings arena ~2016-7, you've got the makings of a really great event that will sell a lot of tickets.

But, hey, Minnesota is God's gift to hockey, so why even bother?

bronconick
03-17-2012, 09:25 PM
Anastos' head was up his *** for so long "running" this league that he didn't help either. The efforts in marketing teams that don't begin with the word "Michigan" even in this lame duck year was a vast improvement over whatever the hell he was doing while piloting the ship into an iceberg.

Of course, that work got him into a lifeboat from one of those Michigan schools, so he's got his.

mnstate0fhockey
03-17-2012, 09:41 PM
The last few pieces were put in place in the last couple of years. A new arena goes up in Foxtown, he's got the parking, policing, snow removal, etc. deals already in place. And a bright, shiny new building that has people's attention. The point is that they're going to want to do anything to get major events in a new arena, and will actually market this thing beyond a few crappy TV commercials and a table with flyers in a few conference rinks.

The BTHC will be an entirely different situation, from marketing to exposure to draw, with different geographic and fanbase realities than the CCHA. Toss in a new Wings arena ~2016-7, you've got the makings of a really great event that will sell a lot of tickets.

But, hey, Minnesota is God's gift to hockey, so why even bother?

All people are saying is that IF the tourney draws the way the CCHA tourney has been drawing, it won't be held in Detroit often.

That isn't elitist talk, it's reality.

huskyfan
03-17-2012, 09:44 PM
I don't think Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State give a rats *** about Minnesota hockey. BIG 10 disaster ship. and all the great rivalries will be gone. the WCHA Final Five. gone. the only thing that survives is the University of Wisconsin - Minnesota rivalry. I really really wish this wasn't happening.

yeah, yeah, I know. get over it. move on. butthurt. whatever.

bronconick
03-17-2012, 09:44 PM
All people are saying is that IF the tourney draws the way the CCHA tourney has been drawing, it won't be held in Detroit often.

That isn't elitist talk, it's reality.

Given the spread out nature of the Big Ten hockey schools, I wouldn't be shocked if the rest of them tell Alvarez and Wisconsin to shut the hell up and go back to the best of 3 all campus sites idea.

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:46 PM
I don't think Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State give a rats *** about Minnesota hockey. BIG 10 disaster ship. and all the great rivalries will be gone. the WCHA Final Five. gone. the only thing that survives is the University of Wisconsin - Minnesota rivalry. I really really wish this wasn't happening.

yeah, yeah, I know. get over it. move on. butthurt. whatever.

No. Michigan-Michigan State, too. Minnesota and Michigan have played a ton in the past, also.

I said it elsewhere, and I'll add it here, too. I'm just glad everyone found homes, in one piece. Now, if we can take care of Huntsville, I think we're all right for a while. At least I hope...

huskyfan
03-17-2012, 09:48 PM
No. Michigan-Michigan State, too. Minnesota and Michigan have played a ton in the past, also.

I said it elsewhere, and I'll add it here, too. I'm just glad everyone found homes, in one piece. Now, if we can take care of Huntsville, I think we're all right for a while. At least I hope...

agree. I too hope Huntsville finds a home. and I am looking forward to facing Ferris. and LSSU. and how about that Bowling Green?? they had a nice run!

Hammer
03-17-2012, 09:50 PM
Let's not bring up Bowling Green right now, okay?