IS IT TRUE Of APRIL 13, 2017

first_img IS IT TRUE that the question was posed to someone known to the CCO that understands business concepts and predicting success with respect to semi-professional hockey in Ford Center?…the opinion examined both failed efforts thus far?…the Evansville Icemen were a higher level league with an NHL affiliation?…that 5 year experiment resulted in the team losing a substantial amount of money? …we believe if VenueWorks would had offered a more reasonable home game rate structure to the Evansville IceMen it could have produced better financial results for both sides?IS IT TRUE with the one year experiment with the Thunderbolts, Ford Center reduced the rental by over 90% and they still may have lost a bunch of money? …the final prognosis because of the current home game fee structure it looks like there may not be a situation where Ford Center can charge enough to break even and have a hockey team that makes a fair profit?…the only way for Evansville to continue this ruse is a redistribution scheme called subsidized hockey?…if the taxpayers put up with subsidizing a hockey team they will get what they deserve?…#wrong-city fits better than #strong-city on this worn out raid on taxpayer dollars?IS IT TRUE that former minority (10%) owner of the Evansville Thunderbolts semi-pro hockey team Mike Hall came out of his shell the other night and granted an exclusive interview with Channel 44 News regarding the hockey debacle of 2016-17 at Ford Center?…among other nuances mentioned was an allegation that the Evansville Icemen’s attendance figures had been greatly exaggerated?…Mr. Hall did hit on something that has always been confusing and that is how can an official attendance count claim that half the arena was full when anyone with decent vision knew that was not the case?…it has long been stated by fans that both the Icemen’s and Thunderbolts gave away lots of tickets and counted the number of tickets given away as attending even when they didn’t show up?…that the Channel 44 interviewer mentioned that attendance is down by over 50% from last year and the body language of Mr. Hall made it clear that attendance and ticket prices were a pain to him?IS IT TRUE that Mr. Hall did make an investment to become a 10% owner and it was recently reported that he “gave” his shares to VenueWorks/VW Sports LLC?…at some point we may learn what the sales pitch to Mr. Hall was to convince him that this was a worthwhile investment?…it could be possible that a business pro forma was constructed enough to make him think he would be a minority owner in a team that draws 4,000 paying fans per game?…anyone who has ever been to the games would have seen through such a ruse?…the taxpayers of Evansville were bamboozled by the best consultant that former Mayor Weinzapfel could hire to think that Ford Center would pay for itself?…the taxpayers are now stuck with a $9 Million dollar plus per year bill to pay because that business pro forma was garbage?IS IT TRUE in his exclusive Channel 44 TV interview that Mr. Hall did not offer an opinion about the future of Ice Hockey in Evansville?…he probably can’t if he got so much as a hot meal for his 10% ownership because such deals between private entities always come with a non-disclosure agreement?…his posture was however that of a person who was ticked off over the possibility of being bamboozled?IS IT TRUE that tomorrow we shall examine the claim of “explosive growth” made by Mayor Winnecke in the state of the city address with references from the United States census?…we will start by visiting just what explosive growth is?FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that the taxpayers of Evansville should spend another dollar to subside Ice Hockey at the Ford Center?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more