FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Looks Up To Blaze Example
Blaze is attracting envious comments from Superleague clubs, jealous
at the “exciting” play and “good blend of British players”
Jesters chairman Paul Smith has called on his fellow teams in the
supposedly superior league to cut down on the number of imports.
defensive style of play brought by legions of bruising north
Americans has proved a turn-off for crowds in the Superleague, where
attendances have dropped.
has called for the good example of the British National League to be
looked at more closely, and hinted that the Jesters might prefer
ahead of yesterday’s board meeting, he told the Guardian:
crunch time. Everybody has to realise costs are going out of the
window. The only people making any money out of it are the
players. It wants a radical rethink.
is haemorrhaging money at a pace and it's because of the product.
Some people might not like that but it is a fact of life."
putting the cost thing to one side altogether, the sport is
beginning to lose its identity. Fans cannot relate to the teams on
the ice. It looks like an imported sport."
a former GB International, praised the agreement that restricts BNL
teams to eight imports per side, and added that the style of play is
a cable TV deal signed for next year, along with a £500,000
sponsorship deal with Findus Frozen Foods, BNL is on the up.
Smith has earmarked Coventry Blaze as one of the success stories.
Since the move from Solihull to the Skydome attendances have grown
and have touched 2,300 – above the average attendance of some
at the likes of Coventry: a good blend of British players, they're
getting half-decent crowds, 2,500 or whatever, and making money.
It's realistic because the BNL have got their act together in the
amount of Brits in the teams. I just think it makes sense."
Charman, operations director for Coventry Blaze said there is less
aggression and more attacking play in the BNL, and Superleague could
learn lessons from their smaller partner.
with the wage guidelines in Superleague being five times greater
than the BNL, there is still a huge gulf in resources. Coventry
Blaze spend under £100,000 on their squad, while the Superleague
teams can spend £500,000.
fear is that they will try and buy the best players. My guess is
that Superleague clubs lose more each year than our total
Superleague's attitude has also been blasted by Great Britain coach,
after yesterday's training session in Hull flopped.
33 out of 55 players turned up for the session, and McSorley blamed
the Superleague for allowing club fixtures to get in the way of the
revival of the national team.