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George Scoville

  • joined Nov 30, 2009
  • last login Apr 13, 2014
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I love hockey & economics, each more so when they intersect. I am a former Predators season ticket holder; I gave up my tickets when I moved to the nation's capital.

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Coin Flip Hockey

Instead of developing a coherent offensive strategy, the Nashville Predators rely heavily on goaltending and defense, and recklessly leave the rest to chance.

24 turns 31

Happy birthday to one of General Manager David Poile's most savvy acquisitions in recent memory, and to Poile himself!

Hockeynomics: Maybe Not So Bad?

Artificially high supply on secondary ticket markets makes prices to some games less expensive than others -- but the Nashville Predators still seem to have a big problem.

Hockeynomics: Trouble in Smashville?

Lots of Nashville Predators season ticket holders are dumping their tickets on secondary markets, and low prices indicate very weak demand. Is this evidence of a systemic problem?

How I Won Movember

Raising a couple grand for charity in a month isn't easy, but it's easier than you think it is.

The Code

Some people will say The Code didn't protect Braden Holtby from Ray Emery's vicious attack. I say that story is still being written.

"Predators Hockey"

What does "Predators hockey" mean? It means your top scorers will put up middling offensive numbers, and that's maddening when you think about the coin the organization is shelling out for championship-level production.

Antioch Hockey Center: Trick or Treat?

A new community center that the Nashville Predators will manage has inspired some civic leaders while prompting others to wonder about the center's potential, in light of the costs associated with youth hockey.

He Never Gave Up

Retired career minor league defenseman Jeff Winchester shares his thoughts on the game -- even though he never made it to the NHL.

Verified: NHL Commitment to Cancer Research Solid

The Hockey Fights Cancer campaign stands out as a shining example of corporate philanthropy next to other pro sports' leagues profiteering from issue advocacy.

Why Opponents of NHL Fighting Are Wrong

Everyone fears for player safety. So why should fighting stay in hockey, when only the NHL allows it? I'm glad you asked.

Rich Clune Aims to be the NHL's #1 Pest

In an exclusive interview, Nashville's newest fan favorite tells us about seeking the NHL's "Best Pest" crown left behind when the contemptuous Sean Avery retired from play in 2012.

Nashville Predators Tickets: A Growing Market

Online ticket reseller VividSeats has released a report that contains interesting cues about how the Nashville Predators might fare in their "Keep the Red Out" campaign against Blackhawks fans this season.

Colin Wilson Poised to Lead Preds in Scoring

Following two shoulder surgeries in the offseason, expect the hungry Boston University alumnus to emerge as a potent power forward in the upcoming season . . . as long as he stays healthy.

Rich Clune: On-Ice Bad Boy, Off-Ice Leader

The gritty plugger earned himself a 2-year extension in the offseason that won't go into effect until next year, so expect the same type of performance this season.

Mattias Ekholm Season Preview: Is This His Year?

The prospects are bright for Ekholm's future, but don't be surprised if the 2009 Swedish draft pick plays another year in Milwaukee, and gets called up only in injury situations.

NHLVideo: "Shea Weber's Keys to Successful 2013-14 Season 9/10/13"

Well, you have to give the Nashville Predators organization credit: everyone is on message!

More Roster Moves Coming for the Predators?

The Nashville Predators have been hit-or-miss with late summer acquisitions, but that doesn't mean they won't make another roster move if the right player and right deal are available.

"Keep the Red Out?" Why?

As the Nashville Predators continue to chase legitimate franchise status around the NHL, the front office is now toying with a new sales gimmick that has potential upside, but ignores the real problem.

Rich Clune Raises Money for Charity on Facebook

After learning how to use his Mac's video software, newly re-signed Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune took to Facebook to help raise money for the Ontario-based treatment center where his own recovery began, and to tease an online video series.

Does Firing A Head Coach Really Help NHL Teams?

A 2006 economics journal article examines the relationship between replacing a coach an team match performance thereafter. Teams that replace a coach during a crisis do worse in the short run, and the long-term effect isn't significant.

What Will a Suter-less Shea Weber Look Like?

This is the biggest storyline for the Nashville Predators this year. Fans hope their captain has 110 million reasons to rise to the challenge and lead this team to the top in 2013.

Is This Chris Mason's Swan Song?

Journeyman netminder Chris Mason returns to the Nashville Predators this season, the club that gave him his start in the NHL. After three other NHL cities, is this the year Mase hoists the Cup? Or hangs up the skates?

Hal Gill Will Be Welcomed Back in Nashville

After recovering from a broken leg over the summer, count on "Treebeard" to provide reliable penalty killing and solid leadership for younger players.

How Valuable Is Big Ern's Big Heart?

He may not impact the outcome of a game, but Brian McGrattan did well enough in 2011-2012 to merit a contract extension. Is that an affirmation of the status quo? Or a charge to take more responsibility?

Don't Cry for NHL Owners

When it comes to hockey team ownership, should we feel sorry for owners who lose money? Or should we envy them for getting to play with grown-up toys?

With NHL Lockout Over, 2013 Stanley Cup Odds Shift

Online sports book Bovada revised the Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup odds downward the most, and the Minnesota Wild's odds upward the most. Is Ryan Suter that big a factor?

Ticketmaster Lobbyists Flex Muscles in TN Senate

On the Forecheck's April 2012 analysis of the Fairness in Ticketing Act was cited in recent educational materials submitted by a consumer watchdog to the Tennessee Senate to help stop a Ticketmaster takeover of re-seller markets.

Private Equity and the NHL: A Few More Thoughts

Today OTF examines possibilities for how to structure a private equity deal that could save the NHL without also ruining it at the same time.

What Do NHL CBA Negotiations Have To Do With Presidential Election Politics?

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article asks if a private equity transition could help solve some of the NHL's problems. On the Forecheck offers reflections and insights to answer the question.

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