No Arena Rights, No Problem

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Every year, EA Sports must contend with teams and arenas who do not send in the paperwork to allow their arena name to appear in the NHL series. When this happens, EA Sports is forced to leave it blank or put in some generic text stating the teams name or a fake arena. It certainly looks more authentic when they put text in rather than leave it blank, however I have made a bunch of concepts for some more stylized fake arena names. Most are nothing close to the real look of center ice, but that is also a legal issue that EA must face if they come too close.

As a reference, here are the teams that did not giving naming rights to EA Sports for NHL 13.
Boston - TD Garden
Carolina - PNC Arena
Chicago - United Center
Florida - BB&T Center (this was probably due to a late summer/early fall name change)
NY Islanders - Nassau Coliseum
NY Rangers - Madison Square Garden
San Jose - HP Pavilion

Who knows what NHL 14 will bring...

Check out the fake designs here.

Early Season Ice Removal For Canes

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It seems like just yesterday we were looking at the fresh new Carolina Hurricanes ice inside PNC Arena. But now that fresh ice is fresh creamy white water as the ice crews are removing it to prepare for the circus. Most arenas seldom remove their ice during the hockey season. In fact, the circus is probably the most common event that would cause such a task. This is due to the fact that they usually need to bolt things directly into the concrete. Check out this Instagram photo posted by PNC Arena.

Who Wants To Own The Coyotes?

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Greg Jamison had a deadline to close on the sale of the Coyotes and finally this long soap opera would come to a close. Of course for the Coyotes, nothing is ever that simple.  That deadline was not met and now the team must continue to look for a buyer. Read about this never-ending sale in the desert at Arena Digest...