Ted Black Gets a Taste of the Blogger World: Part One1
I would like to start off by saying that I am beyond impressed by the consideration and involvement of Ted Black. Same with Terry Pegula, while the hockey aspect may be rocky, the organization itself has had such changes in the past ten months than the 40 years prior to it.
Very few fans can even name their teams president, let alone sit down with twenty bloggers and let them ask him anything that has to come to mind regarding the team. When Teddy arrived, he shook every single persons hand and referred to them by their name. Throughout the summit, he took notes regarding suggestions that anyone had mentioned, and assured us that any and all concerns were going to be resolved, or at least reviewed further.
Now with my praising out of the way, on to the other highlights from the Bloggers Sumitt
Ted Black is aware that Time Warner Cable does not carry MSG
Naturally, this was the first question that came up, after the brief awkward moment of silence in which no one wanted to be the first person to ask a question, and Ted had apologized for canceling the first summit date for a family issue.
The question was in regards to why Buffalo can’t have their own sports network. In addition to the Sabres having a contact with MSG, Mr. Black also explained the other factors for why this isn’t an immediate possibility. Since hockey is the only professional sport in Buffalo that can be aired locally (the NFL cannot), there would not be enough support for a local sports channel strictly for the Sabres
MSG and the Sabres signed a ten year contract in 2006, so we’re a bit of ways away from any change there. However, there was talk about expanding viewing parties, and hopes that the TWC and MSG will resolve the matter shortly.
Teddy is also now aware that there are pirated internet feeds of hockey games, and that is why we’ve made it to day 11 since the black out
Big Changes (Likely) Coming to the Queen City
There were a couple of questions in regards to the Terry and Teddy duo taking on renovations around the city, including the water front since its merely across the street. I was kind of expecting a response along the lines of a puzzled look, but Teddy seemed very interest in contributing to the water front changes, whenever that’s actually going to happen.
There was even mention of a sports restaurant coming about (think Hockey Town in Detroit), and mentions of a ‘ plan’ of expanding the Harbour Club, and doing something with the Aerospace Museum that’s attached to the arena (it’s okay if you forget about that, we all do).
Teddy outright said he had a plan, that should be enough hope right there.
There are also plans to bring the NHL draft and the All Star game to Buffalo. Also, the Frozen Four, and other hockey related events.
Oh, and Buffalo being back in the line up to play in the Winter Classic again.
A fellow blogger had asked about why there isn’t more media coverage about events relating to the Sabres alumni, which sparked a conversation about how very involved former Sabres are with the organization. According to Mike Gilbert, the Vice President of Public and Community relations for the Sabres, we have the strongest alumni relations than any other team in the NHL.
There had apparently been a meeting yesterday morning with Sabres alumni about more ways to interact with the team, other than the many of them who attend games regularly. It’s no secret that since Terry bought the team last year, that more alumni, such as the members of the French Connection, wanted to become more involved with the team.
It was also said, after brief hesitation, that Dave Andreychuk would be making a visit next month, and Brad May in March (someone please tell me I wasn’t the only one thinking ‘ I hope we make the playoffs so he can come in May, too).
Teddy commented that Buffalo is ” on it’s way up” and he no longer wanted to see companies and plans being abandoned in the city any longer.
A string of questions came about regarding the Rochester Amerks now returning as the Sabres affiliate, and it was immediately said how it’s ‘ less awkward’ to try and do Sabres and Amerks related things now that both teams are under the same organization.
One of the ideas was to have the Sabres play a game in Rochester, as they did back in 2003 (along with the Amerks playing in Buffalo). The latter is likely to be a possibility, but Teddy said a regular season game in Rochester is impossible, since the Sabres season ticket holders alone would not fit into Blue Cross Arena. However, a pre-season game is possible in the upcoming years.
Also, the only question I had gotten in was in regards to Blue Cross Arena getting a face lift. It’s an old, and very nice arena, but the place can use some sprucing up. I thought maybe since Terry was now caring about the teams he’d own, it wouldn’t hurt to mention. Apparently, Terry owns a lot of things, but not BCA.
They got a renovated scoreboard, but that’ll have to do for now.
Lindy ain’t going nowhere…but there is no extension
I was new to the rumor about Lindy signing an extension, it was a suggestion for my list of questions, but someone else beat me to it. Teddy danced around the question for a few minutes, saying how he was a business man and business men don’t comment on those kind of manners.
But, then he said if he said no comment, we would all assume it was true (which is true).
Then he said it wasn’t true. No extension for Lindy, unless that was the trick all along.
Coming soon (likely later tonight) the conclusion from all the Blogger Summit excitement, including the locker room tour, and Corey Griswold being ‘ that guy.’
next post: Teddy Shares in Bloggers’ Passion: Summit Part Two