Ted: Are We Gonna Take This Crap? :-)
Published 1/13/2008 by firstname.lastname@example.org at Ted's Take
... to help Canadian clubs in the NHL under the banner of an assistance program. I remember a broker coming to me to sell the Montreal Canadiens on the cheap. The book was being sent around via email to buy the team and an American bought it for a song. That was not that long ago. This kind of gloating is unseemly.
What goes around goes around. Do you really think the Canadian dollar will always be stronger than the American economy?
These writers are being very disrespectful to our team, our city and the players that surround Alex ...
...but here's the article he referred to...
RICK WESTHEAD, THE STAR, Jan 12, 2008:
A quick scan of the Washington Post's front-page stories yesterday...
Not a single mention that Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin had signed a watershed $124 million (U.S.) contract extension – the biggest pro sports contract in the city's history.
In what was an already-crowded marketplace, the Capitals now have to compete for dollars from both prospective sponsors and fans against baseball's Washington Nationals and Tiger Woods' new invitational golf tournament, said Chris Hudgins, a Washington-area sports marketing official and former Capitals executive.
"They've got a pretty tough situation," Hudgins said.
In 2005-06, the first season coming out of the lockout, the Capitals announced attendance was 13,905. Attendance last year rose by 11 fans per game, on average. Through 20 games this season, the Caps have drawn an average 13,643.
It's the same story on TV.
And here come today's headlines:
"Falling loonie has Canadian NHL teams worried"
The unpredictable nature of the Canadian dollar means the NHL's six Canadian teams are involved in a high-stakes contest of financial chicken, trying to stay one step ahead of the loonie at all times.
"HockeyTown USA: Washington, DC — My Hometown! ...the Washington Capitals are pulling better numbers than DC’s Major League Baseball team...