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He is a contact sport but never did we know it was like this the national hockey league's New York Islanders.
Are helping their fans going to -- a business with their new islanders business club.
And the club -- -- networking organization or business owners created to help islanders on to the newest.
Get the most bang from the 22.
Million bucks they spend.
At islanders ice each year and the club's executive director is someone who knows a -- to.
About winning and achieving goals islanders great NHL hall of Famer.
And islanders business club executive director.
Mike -- giant doesn't and I say that embassy for Stanley Cup semi.
This is hurt because you know the raiders fan but I was so excited to me.
I thought I was in the presence of enemy today but that's this is not the enemy territory I -- So I can forgive you for the -- this business to business operation at the islanders has started you're running why do this and what kind of benefits of -- what what we decided to do with two to help our sponsors and and the business members get to -- return on the investment so.
What we what we created was -- club where our sponsors our suite holders and anybody who wants -- this season ticket package to become amount of distance club members.
We hold will be holding fourteen networking events next here so that these.
Business owners and companies can get together and and hopefully eventually do business to -- All within -- let you know I I honestly haven't heard anything like so this real -- lesson plan yeah.
It was -- the senior vice president who came up with with the idea of creating this club and we've been working on it for a year last year was our first here.
We've expanded at this here all of our events we've created a special place for the island business club at the coliseum for the fourteen networking events.
And people be able to all of the result.
They've been they've been real good we're up to I'd say including sponsors we -- us about 300 members right now we're capping it off -- the -- some numbers this year so.
Things have -- that things have been going well.
So it hasn't.
The way it works is let's just say I don't occur on tracking business and then there is a corporation that's considering buildings something.
You put the two of them in the Roman perhaps they get some business done.
Exactly what we -- to do what I want the business that got -- -- he -- to become as a conduit between companies -- -- -- so Long -- companies can do business together and and keep this asylum.
I'll have some fun as well -- -- let's switch gears to some serious fun -- exciting it's a brilliant idea.
-- the NHL has been doing pretty well and fans are -- attendance is growing viewership is growing.
New television deal.
You know you -- NHL right now what -- they get right.
I think I think they're marketing the young players right and and they've been fortunate Daschle's been fortunate to have some real star quality players if you look at Sidney Crosby if you look at Ovechkin -- -- look at.
Beyond an -- and and -- calendar in Canada so they have a lot of young players and also I think the real changes of of three years ago of really help where there's a lot less obstruction.
That that the pace is faster and and and that game is just warm side.
-- -- -- one of the exciting parts of the team is obviously look at meaning it can get off in the fight aspect of it and -- to some degree you.
I don't know how much yet -- you let you know like.
You'd like to fight but you know but a lot of people like -- they get them fired up and you have met calamity game in a fight starts you know the crowd rises and so.
I think that that's a well I think it's just a normal human reaction when when something breaks out that every -- and it's this the stand up and watch.
You know the fighting has always been a part of the game I've I've never liked the fighting aspect of the game I don't think it should be the centerpiece of the game and I don't think it is the centerpiece of the game I think more.
That the skating in and and the overall action has more of what that -- this -- Serious stars to hang absolutely.
If he had to give commissioner Gary Bettman right now -- greeting be on how well he's done in terms of getting the word out because it's not as far out of some the other leaks and.
Now what country -- I think the NHL has has a longer road to go as far as you know getting hockey ingrained in and into the United States.
I give my name you know he's created this this outdoor.
The game that we have every year now that that gathers enormous attention.
And I really think that he's the centering you know the marketing around they're great young stars that we have management.
Mike I have three boys all three you know two of them -- playing hockey once -- week you were one of the -- scorers in the game hands down.
Give -- advice advice that advice don't put too much pressure on him.
Yeah sure they learn the base -- basics of the game well and make sure they have fun that's that's that's all the advice that could give you -- -- you have to give them advice.
It's a work hard and practice hard.
All right well it was a great pleasure meeting you my Thanksgiving thank you so my thing and now best of luck and perhaps not come visit you on an island or green I would hope so yes -- now -- -- -- -- say hello I.
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