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#WednesdayWisdom: The Future Is a Niche Market, Part II

Looking for a little #WednesdayWisdom? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Future Is a Niche Market, Part II. [This article was originally published in 2009.] A recent USA Today article gives a nice overview of how “non-major” sports leagues (like professional lacrosse, women’s soccer and arena football) are doing. Here’s a fairly representative snippet: “While a few big-league teams defy the economic logic of the times — take the New...

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Fans

Perception Revision Time: Hockey Is Hot!

Not that many years ago, the NHL had a catastrophic lockout, losses were huge, contraction of the number of teams was looming and there was a small but existent chance that the league wouldn’t make it. The entire 2004-2005 season was canceled, and if you’d asked me then, I’d have said the NHL would survive, but it would fall off the “top shelf” of professional sports leagues in the U.S. I’d have been wrong. With 15 teams averaging 100% attendance or...

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Marketing

Interest in Outdoor Hockey Continues to Build

My read on adding KISS to the Dodger Stadium date of the Stadium Series is not that the NHL is trying to use KISS to sell more tickets. In fact, this game is selling out already. It’s the other way around: KISS, run by consummate self-promoter Gene Simmons, sees this as a platform to promote KISS and its various activities, including the launch of its arena football team, LA KISS. (I did mention the self-promotion thing, right?) The Winter Classic...

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Experience

Hockey: Better With Palm Trees and Snowy Mountains

Since 2008, the National Hockey League has held a hockey game outdoors on New Year's Day. It's been a big success because it's such an unusual event. They play in baseball and football stadiums to very large crowds and very large TV audiences, even though the game is just an ordinary regular season game. People are excited at the chance to see hockey at Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. And this year, on January 25, the outdoor hockey experiment will...

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