Don't Be So Sure: Speculation About Devils' Financial Savior PersistsPublished June 11, 2012
SEPARATING THE TWO: In Toronto, Steve Simmons notes as the Devils "teeter on the verge of bankruptcy," their pending "economic disaster never makes its way to the dressing room." The team is playing in its fourth Stanley Cup Final since '95, and the fact that Devils President, CEO & GM Lou Lamoriello "is able to insulate his players and his team from the external troubles of the franchise are among his greatest strengths." There is a "hockey team and there is a business -- and there seems almost no connection between the two" (TORONTO SUN, 6/11).
CONTROLLED CHAOS: In Newark, Stephen Stirling noted the "controlled chaos" during Devils home games is the result of the club's "in-house production team," led by Devils Arena Entertainment Dir of Event Production John Bochiaro. Every aspect of "what fans in the arena see beyond the game itself is controlled by his team, from the scoreboard to the chants, to the music." Bochiaro said Friday, "We’re basically a production company. We go through each game with a fine-toothed comb to see what worked and what didn’t, what fans responded to and what they didn’t. We’re trying to make this the best experience possible for the fans and the loudest atmosphere possible." During games, the group of "about 15 staff members works seamlessly, identifying potential replays, celebrity sightings or former players in the stands" (NJ.com, 6/10).
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