View Full Version : Aviators crash land

Touchdown Vaughn
07-19-2004, 05:25 PM
The Aviators are done. The league is deciding whether they will fold the team immediately, or if the other owners will share the costs for the rest of the season.

No shock here, though I did initially believe they might last one full season.

Why did they think they could average 11,000 fans a game? You can't base your business plan on some wild best case scenario.

07-19-2004, 07:52 PM
Thanks for messing up our turf, now good day!

07-20-2004, 07:02 AM
Like Diesel would say "GET THAT S--T OFF OUR LAWN" :D

and now that s--t is off our lawn :D

07-20-2004, 09:11 AM
Damn rights!

07-20-2004, 10:24 AM
Worse yet, they based their entire business plan on averaging 10K per game. Talk about more money than brains.

07-20-2004, 10:57 AM
Not anymore, I'm guessing. ;)

07-20-2004, 12:07 PM
Apparently the league dictates that a franchise is only awarded if the team has a min 6K seating capacity stadium available.

Touchdown Vaughn
07-20-2004, 05:45 PM
It should be noted that other teams do make a go of it with attendance similar to what the Aviators were getting, so there must have been some kind of screw up. Ongaro and Petrone seem to be blaming the business end, and Ongaro doesn't understand why a three year plan was abandoned so quickly.

Sandy - Edmonton
07-20-2004, 11:18 PM
Yup, the owners are to blame for unrealistic expectations.

11,000 attendance when the league average is only 3000? If you look at it that way, the Aviators drew fairly well (2500) considering all the games were on weeknights.

Anyways, the good news is that the League has taken control of the Aviators, and the team will continue to play out the rest of the season. This same situation has happened before to Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Eventually, those 3 teams eventually found a local owner - hopefully Edmonton finds one too.

I remember for the past 2 years, the Calgary franchise averaged less than 500 fans per game - and they're still around.

One thing is for sure - the Aviators won't return to Commonwealth - most likely Clarke Park.

07-21-2004, 09:04 AM
Good, because they've been messing up our turf badly.

07-23-2004, 10:39 PM
Does anyone know why the Aviators have been re-launched without a nickname, and are now known simply as the "Edmonton Football Club"?

Sandy - Edmonton
07-24-2004, 12:00 AM
I think legal matters is the reason

07-24-2004, 11:13 AM
Does anyone know why the Aviators have been re-launched without a nickname, and are now known simply as the "Edmonton Football Club"?

IT is likely because the old owners own the registered trademark of "Aviators" (much like Horn Chen (?) owned the trade mark to the Ottawa Roughriders).

If the LEAGUE owned the trademark, they would still be called the Aviators. (THis is much like the CFL now owning the trademark to the Renegades)