Numbers provided by Hillsborough County, which owns the 13-year-old facility, show that through December (the latest data available) the team sold an average of 14,119 tickets for 16 dates. Announced crowds, however, averaged 16,698.Oh boy, that's not a good sign.
NHL teams announce attendance based on tickets distributed, which means Tampa Bay gave away an average of 2,579.
- An overview/update of the Atlanta Thrashers troubles off and on the ice.
Welcome to Blah-land — formerly Blueland — where the ownership is fighting itself, the team is in the cellar and angst grows over the very future of hockey in Atlanta.Yee-haw.
- Puck The Media has the 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament Schedule posted, and Hockey Weekend Across America seemed to be a success as 13 out of 15 games in American markets sold-out on Saturday and Sunday night.
If something else breaks, I'll cover it, but I'm not sure there is anything more to come today.
I'll leave you with a great commercial from FSN in 2004: