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19-Jul-2012

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets did so well financially in their return to the NHL that the plan of being a team that relies on revenue sharing went out the window, team co-owner Mark Chipman said Friday. Albert Pujols Jersey . "Our revenues exceeded the point at which we were allowed to participate in revenue sharing, so we feel really good about that," Chipman said, while adding the club ended up in about the same place it expected to be financially. True North Sports and Entertainment studied the leagues revenue-sharing model when calculating how to make the NHL viable in Winnipeg, with the Nashville Predators a perfect example of how to do it right in a small market. A huge part of the Jets success was the fan support that filled the MTS Centre for every game, and will likely do so for years to come. "Thank you wouldnt be enough," Chipman said. "I dont know how to put it into words. I dont even know how to express the depths of my gratitude and I can tell you (co-owner) David (Thomson) feels the same way." At the same time, Chipman couldnt hide his disappointment at missing the playoffs. The Jets sat 10th in the Eastern Conference heading into their final game on Saturday against Tampa Bay, seven points behind the Washington Capitals for the final playoff spot. Making the playoffs would have put the glass slipper firmly on their Cinderella season. "While we have clearly a long-term plan to be successful in this league, we also had a short-term plan and that was to make the playoffs and we didnt do that so, in that respect, this season did not live up to my expectations," Chipman said. But the Jets return to the NHL has been satisfying in just about every other way possible. Chipman says he can still hear Winnipeg fans in Florida belt out "True North," at the top of their lungs, just like they do in Winnipeg when they sing "O Canada." Among the pluses were national exposure, acceptance by fans, season-ticket sales and merchandising that put the team deeply in the black -- and Chipman doesnt expect it to end any time soon. "Im sure it will taper off nationally ... but I dont see it tapering off at all (locally)," he said. "I think I think I can more easily imagine it amping up." Chipman admits some days he still wakes up with a little feeling of wonder that he brought an NHL franchise back to a city the league left in 1996. "I guess, as time goes on, that will taper off but it hasnt yet," he said. The success does mean thousands of people on the season-ticket waiting list dont have much chance of coming in from the cold any time soon. "There will be some attrition, naturally, there is every year," Chipman said. "Businesses move or so on and so forth, so there may be opportunity for a few but, unfortunately, not a lot." The Jets have already announced an increase in season ticket prices and Chipman defended the hike by saying they expect costs to go up. It also seems Winnipeg is in the Southeast Division for at least another year after the NHL Players Association rejected realignment. As for on-ice performance, Chipman is leaving that up to his general manager and coach, but says theyre not changing their philosophy of how to succeed. "Were a young team and we stayed young by design," he said. "I dont think youre going to see a dramatic shift in the way we go about things next year. Were going to continue to be a young team and let players develop." At the same time, he didnt rule out using free agency to improve the club in the off-season, if the market is right. "If its a stable market and theres a chance for us to acquire some talent that will make us better, then well do that." Chipman says they didnt just look at Nashville when it comes to how to survive financially with a small-market team. "That may sound strange to people in Winnipeg, that Nashvilles a team weve looked so carefully at." But he says on the ice, Nashville consistently makes the playoffs and gives the NHLs best a run for their money. The Predators have missed then playoffs only once since the 2003-2004 season. "Theyve done it methodically, theyve done it by developing their players and theyve done it with a consistency in management and philosophy ... I think but for a couple of bounces that team could have a Stanley Cup banner hanging under their rafters." Reggie Wayne Nike Jersey . Oswalt (3-0) had left his last outing, Friday against Florida, after six innings because of back spasms. But he was in form Thursday, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out seven. Francisco finished with two RBI for Philadelphia, which was coming off a series loss against Milwaukee. Steve Johnson Jersey . The federal government stands ready to offer whatever assistance is needed in this rescue effort, Obama said at a White House prayer breakfast. At least 25 miners were killed in the deadliest US mining disaster since 1984. Satchel Paige Jersey . -- Philip Lane had two goals and an assist as the Brampton Battalion defeated the Kingston Frontenacs in OHL action Friday afternoon. Reggie Wayne Elite Jersey . Suspended this summer by the B.C. Lions before being dispatched to Edmonton for a 2013 fifth-round pick, the six-foot-three, 240-pound Messam has become a potent offensive weapon for the Eskimos. J.J. Watt Jersey . With all their regulars back, it was just like old times for the Philadelphia Phillies. Except the end result. Brian McCann hit a grand slam, Tim Hudson tossed four-hit ball over seven innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling Phillies 5-0 to spoil Howards season debut Friday night.COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A fight between former champion Hector Camacho and Allan Vester has been cancelled because the Dane injured his back in training. The fight had been scheduled for March 26 in Kjellerup, Denmark. It would have been the 477-year-old Camachos first bout in Europe. Fred Jackson Nike Jersey. The 33-year-old Vester says he was injured during training in Sweden and would be out for at least one month. He says he hopes the fight will be rescheduled later this year. ' ' '  

 
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