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Panthers president blames schedule for low attendance

Jan 1, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

New Year's Eve AP

The NHL may be aiming to break an attendance record today in Ann Arbor, but the crowds haven’t been so good this season in Sunrise, Florida, where the Panthers are averaging just 14,658 at the BB&T Center.

Team president Michael Yormark thinks the lagging numbers are partly a product of the schedule.

“Having seven games in October hurt us; it’s too much for us,” Yormark told the Miami Herald. “With the Olympic season, it’s not a balanced schedule. We just had too much inventory in October and I think things are going to catch up. We have a lot of big games left.”

The product didn’t help either, with the Panthers coming off a last-place finish in 2013 and starting the current season poorly.

There does remain optimism, with new ownership promising improvements through free agency. But like with Phoenix, the rest of the league will be watching Florida as it tries to build some positive buzz in a market that many don’t believe is a legitimate hockey one.

  1. ironmd778 - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    It’s beyond me why they even have a team. Wake up, NHL. Get this lousy team out of that lousy market.

    • pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      look at Phoenix, they basically have no excuse….

  2. stakex - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    14,658 isn’t really that bad considering how awful the Panthers have been in recent history. I mean when you are outside of the traditional hockey strongholds, you need to field a winning team to fill the stands…. and the Panthers haven’t had a winning team in a while.

    • blomfeld - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Stakex, if you actually believe the Panthers are averaging 14,658 fans per game, then sadly you’re either …

      a) one of the airheads featured in the photo above ?

      b) an ‘associate’ of one of the airheads featured in the photo above ?

      seriously Stakex, in terms of real ‘live’ breathing bodies, they’re probably averaging something south of 10 K per ‘at best’ and you likely know that …

      be good friend and have a happy new year eh ! … Blomfeld :)

      • desertfan - Jan 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Attendance #s mean diddly squat.

        Revenue per guest is all that matters .

        $10,000 at $150 per is so much better than a Phoenix 15000 at $30.

        Fans need to pay attention to the teams REVENUE PER GAME vs ATTENDANCE.

        BTW – not supporting either of the chosen examples.

        All of :
        NJ
        FL
        TB
        PH
        COB
        NYI
        BUF

        are probably in trouble with these numbers.

        To make things worse the CAP does not include spending on equally important things like scouting, mgmt, training, development etc.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Desertfan, Could you please share where you get your revenue stats from?

        Blomfeld, I wonder if you misinterpreted my intent on the QUick thread.

        I thought your Gettysburg clip was a great inclusion. And on the Elvis’s comment, purely meant as a humerus/kidding sort of thing – no cheapshot intended!

        FYI on Gettysburg, I was actually camped out there during the centennial with my dad and a lot of re-enactors. My dad is a Civil War and Lincoln scholar (60 shelf feet of related books, uniforms, muskets, swords, caps, shells, minni-balls, hardtack…). While he could still travel, he used to go to a Lincoln conference annually at Gettysburg.

      • blomfeld - Jan 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Desert Fan …

        okay, so let’s take it one step further then and agree that ‘profit’ is that much more important than revenue … for example, if the 10,000 ‘misguided’ patrons at your Panthers game each buy a banana for $1.00 each with a ‘COGS’ (cost of goods sold) of 50 cents, then you’ll be earning a gross profit of $5,000 .. however, if 10,000 of us ‘excellent’ Coyote fans each purchase a fine glass of beer for $1.00 each with a ‘COGS’ (cost of goods sold) of only 25 cents, then we’ll be earning a gross profit of $7,500 ! … the bottom line friend is that ‘profit’ rules everything … and it’s the ‘one’ factor which always determines whether a business effort is viable or not …

        My name is Blomfeld and I say that ‘profit’ is now coming to the Coyotes of Phoenix ! :)

      • blomfeld - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Comrade Solutions …

        No offense taken man on that ‘glorious’ Quick thread. Hey man, did you know that Elvis Costello’s name was the result of him selecting the name of his favorite singer coupled with his mum’s maiden name? … it’s true !

        Your dad must be a great man and you must have ‘thoroughly’ enjoyed your encampment there at Gettysburg eh? It’s definitely on my bucket list of places to visit and God willing, I will one day. It’s so stupid, as I used to work for Northwest Airlines and I could fly ‘anywhere & anytime’ I liked in the world. I even had a ticket for Seattle/Harrisburg in my bag at one point. However I blew it off, thinking that I’ll do it some other time. Now my airline days are over and so I have to buck up like everyone else. So true is that notion of ‘seizing the moment’ eh ? … nonetheless, I’ll get there one day :)

        ps: even if the Confederates had seized the high ground on that first day at Gettysburg, I’m still convinced that it would have all been in vain in the end … the north was industrialized and simply too strong to have succumbed to some ‘agricultural-based’ society like the south … for a time, England was tempted to intervene on behalf of the south, which would have thrown things into complete chaos for sure … however ‘cooler’ heads prevailed in Westminster and so America ultimately ended up evolving as a ‘unified’ nation accordingly …

        “it is only necessary to push those people in-order to gain control of those heights” … Robert E Lee

  3. ndrick731 - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    The market doesn’t support anything. Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers will not be supported unless they are championship quality. Just look at the Heat. Nobody went until James and Bosh arrived. Put a team in south Florida and get what you asked for. Same goes for Atlanta, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

  4. pmonte3122 - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    It starts at the top

  5. esracerx46 - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    If all their fans look like the girls in the pic, A LOT more people would be at the games. The new owner has come up with numerous excuses as to why attendance sucks. When your team stinks, attendance follows.

  6. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jan 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Your attendance sucks because you had too many home games too early? Huh? Yormack needs to go back to complaining about how many Twitter followers people have. What an idiot.

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