Compare – Contrast Draft
February 20, 2013
More Talent, More Value?
Comparing the value of NHL and ECHL Season Tickets
As an avid hockey fan I have the unique opportunity to be located within driving distance of two professional hockey teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. As such, I have the chance to share my love of the sport with my family by attending these games in person. In the current economic climate I, like many other fans hoping to get the most out of every dollar, need to examine the pros and cons of both franchises’ in order to make a wise decision when purchasing season tickets. In order to make an informed decision as to which tickets to buy, prospective buyers should evaluate the overall success of each franchise in addition to the quality of play by each team. Another major factor to consider is the overall cost of the season tickets and the flexibility to use them. By evaluating these factors, hockey enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a season full of exciting games, get a terrific value, and receive some excellent benefits as season ticket holders. One of the first things that most fans will consider when contemplating the purchase of season tickets is team success. Many factors that determine success in both leagues can be researched an NHL.com and ECHL.com. While the Blue Jackets are a relatively new NHL team, entering the league in 2000, they have had little success in making the playoffs. According to www.nhl.com they have earned only one playoff series since the development of the team and have a winning percentage of thirty eight percent. In the eyes of many hockey fans, this leaves room for a lot of improvement. Conversely, the Cincinnati Cyclones, according to www.ECHL.com, have made the playoffs seventeen times in nineteen seasons, while compiling a winning percentage of fifty four percent and claiming the ECHL Championship twice. While there is a...