It’s New Year’s Day night as I type this, and I’m at my office, three blocks from the NHL’s headquarters on 6th Avenue in New York City. Word on the street is those idiots are knee-deep in a marathon bargaining session to try and save the 2013 season from being wiped away. That’s an insult, because this late night cram session before the big test should have happened in September, not at the end of the marking period when the league already has an unsalvageable F on its report card. It’s a slap in the face to every fan and employee who wondered, “Why can’t they just lock themselves in a room and hammer it out?” Well, they could have, and they should have, well before anyone was thinking about breaking New Year’s resolutions.
ESPN.com user and random guy (girl?) Tommy2Steel sums it up best in a comment from a recent article:
I’m glad they’re whittling down the details, but it sure would have been nice to see this level of urgency 4 months ago. Now that it’s about to affect their personal pocketbooks, they set aside the rhetoric to be able to get down to what truly matters–again, why wait 4 months to get to this point?
Anyway, you’re reading this on Thursday, or sometime after that, and maybe the NHL season has been spared (somewhat). Regardless of the outcome of the meetings running concurrently to this typing, I’ll be posting more Mongos (that’s money + logos) of NHL teams throughout the calendar year. Lord knows I made a terrible error in judgment on the Facebook page and publicly vowed to issue 52 new Foogos or Mongos before a New Year’s ball drop again.
So here’s #1 of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes, brought to you in pennies, nickels and dimes. Carolina is one of those teams people like to pick at when southern market viability (or lack thereof) kicks up. I hate the Canes, but they don’t deserve to be lumped in with the “HOCKEY IS A FAILURE IN THE SOUTH” argument. (The Canes have averaged a modest 16,381 fans per game since they hoisted the 2006 Stanley Cup, an exceptional number for a team that has qualified for the playoffs only once since winning it all.) However, guilty by association, the Hurricanes DO deserve to be lumped in the “THE NHL IS A GREEDY CONGLOMERATE OF ASSHOLES WHO DON’T EVEN GIVE A SHIT ABOUT HOCKEY” argument, which is why they are now Mongos.
Forbes‘ annual report values Carolina’s franchise at $162M (26 out of 30) with $85M in revenues during the 2011-12 campaign, and $9.4M in operating income over the same span (all of which is now in Jordan Staal’s pocket… Oh syke! There’s no hockey!).