There has been much debate lately about exactly how 'Pucked Up' the budget is over at the city run Greensboro Colliseum. Everyone speculated, but few really knew, that ever since the Greensboro Generals Minor League Hockey team left, the colliseum has been on a downhill ride of red ink.
Carmany recieved the proof via email earlier in the week and when her blog iced it's way through the blogosphere a ping went through the radar of a
Caron's internet savvy for finding interesting news stories out in cyberspace is quite advanced for a reporter who has nearly strangled every computer she has ever sat in front of, but that doesn't stop her from finding the latest juicy
Her her newest internet resource is one that has recieved much acclaim and chatter around the Piedmont. Caron, you see, is an avid blog reader. She even reads this blog. I think?
So it was not really a surprise to me that we were going to interview a fellow blogger. It is actually quite pleasing to see the blogosphere being utilized in such a manner, both from the perspective of Caron finding the story and realizing it as a hot topic, and for Carmany's use of the blog as a public official to imform her constituency and the Main Stream Media.
The source of all this stir is an e-mail from this man, the director of the Greensboro Colliseum,
His email backed up the suspicions that the Colliseum DID NOT close the gap on the deficit that forced the Generals out of town.
They went from a loss of $259,000 the last year the Generals were in Greensboro to a loss of $331,974 the first year they were gone. (And $200k of that first number was an amount owed by the team to the Colliseum)
Yes, the Colliseum saved money by not having to staff the games BUT as Carmany points out from Brown's email, the losses were greater than expected:
"In addition to loss of parking and concessions money for 36 games, revenue in three other critical sources (Advertising and Sponsorship Sales, Luxury Suite Leases, and Carlyle Club Memberships) fell for a total loss of $574,399. This amount was offset by $242,425 in savings in operating expenses from not having to staff hockey events, put down the arena ice, clean-up, utilities, etc. to reach the net figure of $331,974."
So now the Greenboro Colliseum sits empty more than ever. And with the NHL skipping the season for their strike, this could have been a banner year for Minor League Hockey in Greenboro.
It's certainly been a banner day for Blogging in the gathering of hot topic news stories.