Yeah, so Happy Holidays everyone. Here I am trying to take a few days off and I am getting over loaded with whiners complaining about how we are “disrespecting” USA Hockey’s Junior Council. Ummmmmm yeah, so get a clue you morons, respect is earned not just given. Maybe the Junior Council should start respecting the people that pay for USA Hockey membership and opportunity?
But hey, lets look at the differences considered by the Junior Council when shooting down the USPHL Tier II proposal in favor of status quo NAHL Tier II. I think we will start out with travel first. You know things like travel time and distance that cost a lot of money?
Yeah I know some of you don’t think travel time and distance are a big deal right? See, it is a big deal because it effects expenses in a very big way, and player comfort. You know, player comfort that not too many people outside of the players remember is pretty freakin important.
So yeah, I did a little research on the USPHL and NAHL travel distances and how it might effect the operating budgets.
See it turns out the average trip to a USPHL away game is about 140 miles. Yeah, two hours if you find a bus driver that does the speed limit. Real drive time more like an hour and forty five minutes.
The average trip to a NAHL away game is about 300 miles. Ummmm yeah, and that doesn’t include the absolutely ridiculous two week trips to Alaska to play those two outliers. Real drive time more than four hours.
That kind of difference is, according to a few bus companies, about a $30,000 per year savings with 30 road games. Yeah, so if $30,000 isn’t a lot of money to you, then you probably own a NAHL team already and don’t mind flushing it down the toilet.
Ohhhhh shit, lets not forget that when your average trip is that long, you cant just turn around and go home after a game unless you bring two drivers with you. Yeah, so that means you pretty much have to stay over night in a hotel, and you have to buy more meals for players and staff.
Ummmmmm yeah, so just guessing at those numbers calling it 15 over night trips, and average of $100 per night per hotel room, and $20 per day for meals per players and staff, you’re at about another $30,000 in cost savings.
So, yeah, just in travel costs alone, the USPHL model is about $60,000 per year or so less than the NAHL model. Nope, it sure don’t make sense to save that kind of money does it?
Hmmmmmmm what about that trip to Blaine Minnesota for the NAHL? Yep, guestimating that one to be another $25,000 trip per team.
Ohhhhhhh shit, lets not forget that by going to Blaine you also miss out on a few home dates and those gate receipts the entire business model is built around. Yep, increased costs, with projected decreased revenues! Now that’s just a brilliant business model there. That kind of plan has Yale business school success story written all over it! LMFAO
But hey, who cares if the competition can operate more economically that you can right? I mean since when would that influence anyone’s decision? I am sure admitting that someone else has better budget numbers at the core of their business model would never effect any decision you would make right?
Oh yeah, this is just business model 101 comparison stuff kids. Next topic……The Loss Of Tryout Camp Money! You’re gonna love this shit!
2017 is shaping up to be a banner year everyone. Let the turf wars continue!
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