**This article was posted December 20th 2010 with the then Central Hockey League's Mudbugs. This Thursday's article will get into the new wave of pro teams eyeing the junior level of play.**
We had an interesting conversation with Bossier City-Shreveport Mudbugs Vice-President and General Manager Jason Campbell today and we think you will find some of his responses very interesting.
SH- Jason, you took over the GM duties this summer before the start of the season, how are things going so far?
JC- We are overcoming some of the mistakes of the previous management group, and am beginning to see a positive response from the community.
SH- Both Corpus Christi and Amarillo made jumps from the Central Hockey League to the North American Hockey League with mixed results. Corpus Christi has received a strong positive reaction from the community, and Amarillo is starting to catch on. Have you been able to follow their progress?
JC- We have been very busy with our own team, but do find the numbers in Corpus Christi to be interesting.
SH- Switching from the CHL to the NAHL has reportedly resulted in a $500,000 budget reduction for Corpus Christi, without a substantial loss of operating income. Do you believe that such a situation could work for the Mudbugs?
JC- That is not something that we have looked at, but certainly such a budget slash would have a positive impact on the bottom line.
SH-Corpus Christi has been able to stay above the mythical 3,000 fans a night profitability line and the Mudbugs are just right above it through 14 games. What are you doing to raise those numbers for the second half of the season?
JC- I have to agree with the 3,000 fans a night line and we are working to substantially raise our average for the second half by concentrating on groups and making the experience more enjoyable for the fan.
SH-There has been noticeable interest in what Corpus Christi has been able to do from other minor-pro markets, do you expect more teams to try and do the same thing?
JC- I have not heard anything to that effect, but I would not be surprised to see others try and do it too.