These improvements are not being done based on any model that shows it will increase business dramatically over time. This is putting a finger in the hole of the dam that is leaking. HD has been available from other providers for a few years now. This is nothing more than trying to keep the business you have at the hockeytech level.
The teams are in great shape though, once they own their equipment, and the hockeytech contract expires, they can go to a provider with better profit sharing. The market for pay per view is parents, a few scouts who usually get it for free anyway, and a few other hockey insiders. This isn't a tremendous growth industry.
Thanks for taking the time ML, but respectfully, other than the technology you mention I disagree. You look at a league like I do, one that is as good as it can be for players while allowing its teams to stay solvent. Management and labor working together to make their product competitive, profitable and solvent. I see HD feeds in that light both short and long term.
Firstly there is no online technology that isn't a huge growth industry. And yes as I understand it you can buy a $200.00 dollar camera and go home and watch it in HD but that's not a live feed. Arenas need to upgrade hardware as I understand it.
I watch the BCHL, only ones who have a HD feed though, but if they MANDATE, yes that filthy word, regulate, their members to provide a HD feed I'll be watching the whole league. Now you have another customer on site to profit from. They now have another customer on their car lot, now profit from it. The more customers there the better the chance for profit.
As far as the USHL goes we're talking about the #1, the top of the pyramid, league in the USA. The elimination game 5 was won in OT and that OT goal was shown to the world in standard def!! The largest audience they had that year in the whole of the hockey universe saw, and "saw" is a subjective term, the game winning clip in standard def. That is the perception those unfamiliar with the USHL were left with, a SD operation.
A league mandates certain parameters for it's members in many ways, travel, accommodations, education, stipends, arena specs as a way to make the members conform in a way that's best for all, ie the product. I guess we could argue point by point the cost-benefit angle but if we did I'd point to the most important one and that is perception, cup winning goal was shown to the hockey world in SD, followed by an increase in viewership.
A sports league is a socialist endeavor. What's good for SC is good for DM is good for CHI in most cases. A Tolvanen or Svechnikov is good for the league no matter what team they are on, it makes the overall product better. I feel the overall cost benefit, especially long term, of every USHL team having a HD feed is good for every team in this league because it makes the league better. Same as Svechnikov being a Jack even though I'm a Steel fan and Herby is a Riders fan and 47 is a Fargo fan.