The Calgary Flames are spending $65,013,750 million dollars on this team.
According to Puck Daddy, the average ticket price for a Flames game is $66.68
According to Wikipedia, the Saddledome's capacity is 19,289. We actually think the number is higher than this, somewhere slightly above 20,000.
Anyways, let's use the official number.
$66.68 * 19,289 = $1,286,190.52
$1,286,190.52 * 41 = $52,733,811.32
$65,013,750.00 - $52,733,811.32 = a $12,279,938.68 shortfall.
And you wonder why they are gouging you at the box office for Heritage Classic tickets.
Look, we understand the term 'average ticket price' doesn't really mean anything. But these are the numbers we have, so these are the numbers we are going to use. Yes, we understand using a number from Puck Daddy is stupid, because Puck Daddy does shoddy research (seriously, you don't gain credibility by forgetting the Flames light off giant flame throwers when they score a goal).
But going with what we have, we have the Flames losing money to ice this current roster. Of course, this doesn't include concessions and everything, and we suspect that, despite Ken Kings protestations, the Flames are not losing money. But they might be, you never now. They kept Darryl Sutter on the payroll, so we don't really trust the business acumen of the front office.
This season could be a disaster for the club, financially, if they don't make the playoffs. Which Murray Edwards would deserve, as he kept the people in place that decided spending $3 million dollars on Ales Kotalik was a good idea.
The team already has $55,861,666 committed for next years team, as well.
Prediction: Unless this team shows something, a payroll cut is coming. Good. Maybe taking away the unlimited payroll will force whoever is the GM to make smart and efficient choices with the cash available.
Hey, that post was too dry. While we are talking about money and what you can buy with it, here is a dirty joke!
One night, a horny old geezer decides to get himself a hooker.
Since the man doesn't have much money, he looks for the cheapest whore in the nearest Red Light District. A short while later, he finds what he's looking for and spends $10 for oral sex and intercourse.
The next morning, the old geezer wakes up and discovers he has crabs. So, he gets dressed and heads down to where he had been the night before. He notices the same hooker on the street corner, so he marches over to her and says, "Hey, lady, you gave me crabs!"
The hooker replies, "Hey, old man, what did you expect for $10? Lobster?"
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.