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Florida Panthers... with another black eye...

Crypticshock

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On Tuesday night the Florida Panthers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in the BB&T Centre or whatever it is called. This post has nothing to do with their attendance or the fact that more people jumped and cheered for Clarkson's goal than any of the Panthers' goals.

That game was the first game of a 6 game promotion that is a little disgusting and insulting for a league which is considered a member of the "Big Four".

Starting on Tuesday and for the next 5 home games, if you bring in 10 dollars worth of non-winning Florida State scratch tickets, you get a free ticket to watch the game. Yes... The Florida Panthers have a promotion that trades common household TRASH for tickets. I am not sure the name of the promotion, I can only assume "Trash for trash".

This is what one of the worse attended sunbelt teams have come to... promoting dumpster diving to watch hockey...
 

Millz

Better Call Saul
Staff member
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Geez this is getting out of hand in Sunrise, Florida

That team is a joke
 

Babe_Ruth

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willge87 said:
Announced crowd of 7,311 to watch the Panthers lose 1-0 to the Senators.
Unbelievable. With the success Tampa Bay is having, there's no room for the Panthers anymore. It's time to move them out of there. NHL games should not be played in front of those type of crowds.
 

BJBirdy

Registered Member
The Buffalo Bisons averaged 1,000 more fans at their home games in 2014 than the Florida Panthers got last night.
 

Crypticshock

Registered Member
While what is going on in Florida is unfortunate, unless the owners are not willing to take the bad with the good this team could be in major trouble soon. It's the new owners that spent the money for upgrades and player acquisitions. They've already been on record saying that this business plan is not sustainable. So things have to change there soon, and in a hurry. If this continues for 2-3 more seasons, then shit could hit the fan. They lost an excess of 20 million last year and from their 55% capacity in 2 games so far, they are on pace to lose a lot more. Opening night didn't even sell out. Opening night was 11,419. Even the Coyotes could sell out their home openers every year.

There three years ago the Panthers made the playoffs and they couldn't sell out the first game in the first round... that was insulting. Not even the Coyotes could do that ;)

I will always believe the NHL want the Panthers and Lightning in the same area for those "Florida" trip scheduling... but, if things get dire, the NHL will not fight as hard to keep the Panthers in Florida like they did for the Coyotes in Arizona. The NHL could easily ship the Panthers to Las Vegas (*Legal troubles on that one) or Seattle. Then expansion in Quebec and another West city. Everything becomes equal.

*All four major leagues came to Canada to fight a single betting bill that is still in the Senate. Moving to Vegas is a complete and total contradiction and could, if someone had the balls, create a legal issue if the bill fails in Canada.
 

StroShow

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Crypticshock said:
While what is going on in Florida is unfortunate, unless the owners are not willing to take the bad with the good this team could be in major trouble soon. It's the new owners that spent the money for upgrades and player acquisitions. They've already been on record saying that this business plan is not sustainable. So things have to change there soon, and in a hurry. If this continues for 2-3 more seasons, then shit could hit the fan. They lost an excess of 20 million last year and from their 55% capacity in 2 games so far, they are on pace to lose a lot more. Opening night didn't even sell out. Opening night was 11,419. Even the Coyotes could sell out their home openers every year.

There three years ago the Panthers made the playoffs and they couldn't sell out the first game in the first round... that was insulting. Not even the Coyotes could do that ;)

I will always believe the NHL want the Panthers and Lightning in the same area for those "Florida" trip scheduling... but, if things get dire, the NHL will not fight as hard to keep the Panthers in Florida like they did for the Coyotes in Arizona. The NHL could easily ship the Panthers to Las Vegas (*Legal troubles on that one) or Seattle. Then expansion in Quebec and another West city. Everything becomes equal.

*All four major leagues came to Canada to fight a single betting bill that is still in the Senate. Moving to Vegas is a complete and total contradiction and could, if someone had the balls, create a legal issue if the bill fails in Canada.
Bob McKenzie disagrees with you. James Duthie asked the question on TSN quiz if the Florida Panthers are in danger of losing their team, and he said no. He believes that the NHL wants a team in South Florida, and if you think they fought hard to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, we haven't seen nothing yet.
 
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