"Thin Ice: Money, Politics and the Demise of an NHL Franchise" by Jim Silver
A book about the Winnipeg Jets and how they failed in Canada? That's for me, I thought.
Turns out it really wasn't...
Silver refers to the Phoenix Coyotes' alma mater as a "culture," as opposed to a business, which is what a hockey team is. True, a team is indeed a culture. But the way it is run is like a business. Their goal is to make money. Somewhere along the lines, they want to win a Stanley Cup, but by winning a Cup, they simply guarantee more merchandise and ticket sales. It all runs together.
The way this book is written, though, is absolutely terrible. Silver claims he was on the committee that was against financing a new arena for the Jets, therefore making him knowledgeable of the situation.
But his knowledge does not show. He rarely explains himself when he gives an opinion or even a fact and it is tough to understand what point he is trying to get across in his chapters.
To tell you the truth, the more I read this book, the more I realized that my favorite part was the little comics at the beginning of each chapter. That's not a good thing.
I say no to "Thin Ice." If the people who ran the team are anything like Jim Silver, it's no wonder the team failed and that the franchise is still failing in its current domain.
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Bass Rating: 3.2/10
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