The North American Hockey League was the last to discover that Chicago Hitmen owner Mark Hammersmith was about to embarrass the league again last week. Hammersmith thought he had it all figured out. His plan was to seek arbitration with ... Read More...
This is just a bad situation. The NAHL is hurting themselves through their policy of non-involvement. The league needs to re-evaluate its policies and their standards for franchise ownership. I hope that all of the players involved will come out of this okay and that they will be reimbursed.
How many teams really are capable programs that can break even or profit in the Tier II division? There might be enough for a 6 team Tier II league. Franchise fee's? They are all a joke. The US is and will be pay to play juniors with the exception of the Tier I and the 6 team tier II teams capable of breaking even or better. When we all realize this the start of repairing and stablizing junior hockey will begin. We need to blow up everything below tier I and start from scratch. Good luck with that!
USA Hockey guidelines set the minimum operating budget for Tier II teams at $250,000 a year. With an average of 1000 people a game times 28 games a year you are pulling in 28,000 fans a year (bare minimum). Average ticket price for the teams that are hitting the 1000 fans a game average is $10. $10 x 28,000=$280,000 a year just off of ticket sales.
Ticket sales is one facet of the operations. Other key parts include product sales, advertising,promotional sponsor nights and trade-offs that help cover some expenses.
If the typical NAHL teams relied on tickey sales only it would be a very small league indeed. NEVER, NEVER believe published attendence figures( few rare exceptions) they are a joke.