NBA Free Agency Begins With Money Flying NHL Rangers' Sather Passes GM Torch To Gorton Top Rank Files Suit Against Al Haymon NHRA Leadership Undergoing Changes IndyCar's Miles Fires Back At Critics Of Race Conditions CVC Capital's Mackenzie: Make F1 More Exciting Daytona Int'l Speedway Holding Flag Exchange MLS Expected To Add "Core Player" Roster Spot Bettman, Coyotes Deny N.Y. Post Report Hurricanes' Karmanos Elected To Hockey HOF
SBD/June 7, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Feel That Fire: NHL's Coplin Working To Bring More Music Partnerships To League
Published June 7, 2011
CONTINUING TO HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: FORBES' Tom Van Riper wrote under the header, "Another Promising Season For NHL." The league's business "generally remained steady this year after a nice bump in 2010, when post season television ratings moved up thanks to the strong showing of the U.S. and Canadian Olympic teams and the rise of the Blackhawks." Eighteen of the 30 teams "increased attendance from last year, led by Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Nashville, which all drew at least 1,100 more fans per game." Only nine teams "saw attendance fall." Sports Business Group President David Carter said, "You have to look at the NHL as the most stable of all the major sports leagues right now. Turnstile count is strong, they're attracting more sponsorship dollars, and they have relative labor peace" (FORBES.com, 6/6).