How not to run an NHL franchise

New York Islanders

Before the lockout, I had season tickets for the Isles. Those were the days before you had to decide whether to put food on the table or pay for gas and the MTA tolls. I’m sure you can find a bunch of blog notes and articles about how poorly this franchise has been managed, specifically after the 2002 season. Watching them last night stink the NVMC out against the Dallas Stars, all I could feel was pity. Pity for the season ticket holders as well as the collection of players who are going to get run out of the rink most nights. Sure there was a smattering of boos at the end of the first period but most fans were either too bored or numb to emote. Thank goodness for NHL Center Ice which provides the opportunity for me to enjoy NHL caliber hockey instead of watching what my favorite team has become.

On the Islanders Beat: Less Fun More Wins

Islanders coach Ted Nolan has protested on more than one occasion this season that no one should think one of his teams would play the trap, the slowdown game perfected over the years by the Devils. But it’s obvious now that the Islanders’ first commitment must be to the defensive end no matter how much they struggle to put the puck in the net.

That style of game is a marketer’s nightmare and certainly is less entertaining than last season’s aggressive forechecking approach.

Guess I’m not the only one who feels this way.

On the Islanders Beat

Win or Entertain?

As I get older, I’m finding it harder to be a sports fan. When I was a kid, it was all about the wins and losses. I didn’t really care how my favorite teams played. I just wanted them to win. Now, with the cost of tickets and everything else associated with going to a game, it better be worth my time. That means more than just winning. Case in point, my favorite NHL team, the New York Islanders. Continue reading