Thursday, July 29, 2010

Official Stars website comments on schedule; USHL to release schedule this evening

Edit:  It appears the USHL is going to release the 2010-11 schedule this evening.  Click here to read the latest press release from the USHL.  The Stars will open the season at home on Friday, October 8th against the Youngstown Phantoms.  Once the full schedule is released, we will post it here.

We're getting closer to the weekend, and still no new news regarding the release of the 2010-11 USHL schedule.  However, I noticed this morning on the official Lincoln Stars website that they have updated their page with the following note:

The official 2010-11 USHL schedule is expected to be out within the next week, prompting the Stars to extend the deadline for renewing season tickets to Friday, August 6th. "In past years, the USHL schedule has been available much sooner, allowing Season Ticket Holders a chance to review it prior to the renewal deadline," said Stars Ticket Manager Micki Buhrmann. "This year, with the scheduling process being complicated by the addition of two new teams--Dubuque and Muskegon--and the re-alignment of the USHL divisions, we may not have a final schedule by this Friday (July 30th), the initial deadline for season ticket renewal. Therefore, as an accommodation to our Season Ticket Holders, we will extend the renewal deadline to Friday, August 6th."

So it appears that we might not hear anything from the USHL this week also.  As I commented a few days ago, I was told that the delay was due to two USHL teams who did not approve the schedule because of too many weeknight games at home.  The USHL presented what they thought was a schedule that would work for all of the teams, and two specific teams didn't agree with it.  So it's back to the drawing board for the USHL. 

This has dragged out much longer than many thought it would.  I understand that two new teams are entering in the USHL next season, and with those additions there is potential for even more schedule conflicts.  However, the USHL has had months to prepare for this.  Dubuque and Muskegon weren't just accepted into the USHL a few weeks ago.  I'm on the outside looking in as a fan, but it just seems like they could have been a little more proactive and started to tackle this issue  earlier than normal because of the proposed changes.

Last season, two new teams (Youngstown, Team USA) entered the USHL also.  The 2009-10 schedule was released on 7/9/09.  To be fair, the USHL one year ago wasn't considering a total realignment of the divisions.  It certainly appears it is going to be August before we see the 2010-11 schedule.  The other thing to look for (hopefully this week) is the schedule for the 2010 Fall Classic.  The schedule for the 2009 Fall Classic was released on 6/29/09, so I'm hopeful we can at least get the 2010 Fall Classic schedule this week still.  I know a lot of folks (including myself) are waiting to put in for vacation time from work until we see the Fall Classic schedule.

8 comments:

lincolnfan said...

i'm really glad this isn't my job to figure out a schedule and division alignment... sounds like a mess. i'm going to assume by this note that the "rule" or "policy" that the schedule needs to be out by August 1st no longer applies? i don't blame the USHL teams for wanting as many weekend games as possible though... weeknight games are a totally different atmosphere and don't bring in near as much money as weekend games. however, there isn't much the USHL can do though if the arenas are full with other events on most Fridays and Saturdays. and the season is long enough as it is, i don't think we'd want to see it extended much if at all. i heard on another website that the two teams that didn't approve it were Waterloo and Omaha... not sure if that is true or not. anyway, i'm sure the Stars organization and other organizations are more anxious than we are for a schedule... no tickets to print, no dates to sell tickets for, etc. and the arenas will probably want to start filling up with other events if they have no set dates for USHL games...

Crazy Carl said...

I'm sure there's probably a good reason which I'm not thinking of, but why don't they just extend the season a few weeks? Or if that doesn't work just make it a league policy that each team have X number of weekday games to make it even. I understand that between the decline in ticket and concession sales the organizations lose money with week day games, but that way in the future no team can reject the schedule under the basis of weekday games. Also does anybody else think there's a possibility that with playing more games against teams who are closer geographically there will be a noticable increase in revenues due to an increase in fans travelling for away games?

lincolnfan said...

Crazy Carl @ 11:17 -

I believe the main problem with extending the season a few weeks is just that the season is already long enough as it is. you can tell near the end of the season in March that the players are tired and ready to go home. The season is already 7+ months long... i suppose if they wanted to they could extend the season a little, but i believe that's the main reason. as far as making it a policy to have each team place the same number of weekday games.. that's a good idea but i imagine that's very difficult to do. but i'm just a fan, so i really don't know why do they do everything they do. anyway, probably the best thing they can do is have as many weeknight games on sort of "weekends" and holidays.. what i mean by that are days like the day before Thanksgiving, Halloween, St. Patty's Day, Fat Tuesday, New Years Eve, etc.

Yeti said...

I've edited the above article to include something I noticed just now on the USHL Pointstreak page.

MuskiesFan4Ever said...

Fall Classic dates are Wednesday, Sept 22nd thru Saturday, Sept 25th. Each team will play three games over those four days... not necessarily back to back days either. For example, rumor has it the Muskies will be playing games on Wed, Fri, and Sat.

Yeti, just request vacation for ALL days and come get a really good 4 day hockey fix before the season kicks off. :-)

Yeti said...

It appears the USHL is going to release the 2010-11 schedule this evening. Press release here

http://ushl.com/news/story.cfm?id=3370

The home opener for the Lincoln Stars will be Friday, October 8th against the Youngstown Phantoms.

MacAttack said...

Stars website has posted the Stars schedule.

MacAttack said...

we start the season on the road at TriCity and finish the season on the road at TriCity. only 4 home games during the week. 8 games against Omaha, 4 here and 4 there. 13 games at home before Christmas which is better than last years 9. my namesake will be here coaching the Saints on Dec. 11. longest homestand is 4 games.