Wednesday, February 25, 2009

NHL v. NBA Attendance Update; More Coyotes News

Seeing that a report recently caused some traffic to one of my NHL v. NBA attendance charts, I figured I would update it tonight. The previous chart showed that the NHL was outdrawing the NBA in terms of capacity attendance in five out of the ten markets the NHL and NBA directly (meaning they share the same building) share. This is still as of today, but in Denver the Nuggets of the NBA have recently taken an edge on the Avalanche; as they were previously virtually tied in capacity. Take a look:

As for the Los Angeles situation, I call it a moot point. The Lakers are obviously more popular than the Kings, but the Kings are at least even with or more popular than the Clippers. When I get some time this weekend, I'm going to take a look at comparing these teams averages, as NBA teams typically have more seats to fill in an arena due to the fact that an ice hockey rink is larger than a basketball court.

In other news; Glendale, Arizona is going to be giving the Phoenix Coyotes a break in the form of $15 million a year towards the new lease deal in order to keep the financially struggling club in town ( Along with this, the report states that the Coyotes have received one formal offer to buy the club, and they hope to have a new owner by the 2009 Draft in Montreal:
"Sources also say principle owner Jerry Moyes has had three separate out of state groups show interest with one already making a formal offer. A league source tells Sportsnet they hope to have a new ownership group finalized by the 2009 NHL entry draft in Montreal."
After weeks and weeks of bad news after more bad news for the Coyotes, there is a glimmer of hope in the Desert.

- Update: 8:45 PM EST

According to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, tickets for the Blues and Wings in Stockholhm, Sweden for the NHL 2009 Premier sold out in less than an hour today (Freep)

Well, that was quick.

That's all for tonight, more tomorrow.

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