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NHL Lockout, Day 6: Predators, Devils Alert Season-Ticket Holders Of Ticket Options
Published September 21, 2012
UNNEEDED INTERRUPTION: In Tampa, Damian Cristodero notes this lockout joins the '04-05 work stoppage as having "disrupted the Lightning's chances to make even more inroads, competitively and economically, into its nontraditional market.” The ’04-05 lockout “interrupted the Lightning's drive to defend the 2003-04 Stanley Cup title.” The ‘12-13 season was “supposed to be marketing gold, with the celebration of Tampa Bay's 20th anniversary season.” Still, Cristodero notes the team’s community outreach “is at an all-time high under” Lightning CEO & Minority Owner Tod Leiweke and Majority Owner Jeff Vinik, who “has put $47 million of his money into upgrading the Tampa Bay Times Forum and its scoreboard, and in 2011 pledged $10 million to local charities over five years” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/21).