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The Gem on The Queen’s Crown – Episode 74

Greetings listeners,

After a week off, the #LocalCinDaySports podcast is back on track! In this short edition, Lee recaps the Ohio Football State Finals, as well as a pair of Daytonians getting the chance to represent the United States in swimming. Along with a couple of other tidbits, Episode 74 is a short reboot to prepare you for more out of the #LocalCinDaySports scene!

Until next week,

-Lee

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The Gem on The Queen’s Crown – Episode 10

Greetings readers,

After a month of podcasting silence, I return to update you on Fall Sports in the Cin-Day area and explain for the long gap in episodes.

I’m sorry for the delay, but here’s to starting up again!

Until next episode,

-Lee

The Dayton Blurb – Preview

Greetings readers,

I’d figured I would try something new to finally break the writing drought. I’m calling it (for now) The Dayton Blurb.

With my idea, I’d write about Dayton sports. I’d provide a quick tidbit on what’s happening with my sports scene. With Dayton being my home and I being a member of the sporting world (read: mostly freelance, free-agent media member), this is a good chance to start writing again and maybe share my love of the area with you, the reader.

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The (Not So) Minor League Market of Dayton, Ohio

Greetings readers,

Recently an article was posted on the Sports Business Daily website, ranking the entire minor league sports scene in the United States. Taking the 66th spot on this list, my home: Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton ranks third of the cities in Ohio listed, behind #2 Toledo and #46 Akron. Seven total Ohio areas made the list, with #144 Eastlake, T-#145 Youngstown-Niles, #170 Avon, and #181 Canton representing 212 areas. Taking the top spot on this list was the Quad Cities region of Moline, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. At the 212th spot: Odessa, Texas.

Currently, Dayton is the home of the Demolition of the Federal Hockey League and the Dragons of the Midwest League [Minor League Baseball.] Dayton was also the home of the USL Dutch Lions for a few seasons (while the USL team is no more, the Dutch Lions still operate in the Premier Development League.)

Here’s the tweet that I’ve found (from @MonroeBlade) that linked the article from Sports Business Daily: https://twitter.com/MonroeBlade/status/633400214079033344

Since the original article was published, the Dayton Business Journal had an article about the ranking.

While the 66th ranking might not be eye-raising, there are some things to also take in consideration about the Dayton market. First off, the Dayton-area has been home to a hockey team every season since 1991, the first year of the ECHL Dayton Bombers. It’s been the Bombers (’91-2009), Ice Bandits (1996-97 season), Gems (2009-2012), Demonz (2012-2015), and Demolition (beginning November 2015) in that streak. In a city that has seen a colorful, fruitful hockey history, the streak only adds to a great minor league hockey scene. Also, don’t forget about the Dayton Dragons and that amazing streak of sell-out games (at the end of the 2014 season, the streak made it to 1,051 games sold out.)

Out of curiosity, I looked at the foes of the Dayton Dragons and Demolition to see where the rivals ranked.

For the Dragons in the Midwest League (Single-A level of Minor League Baseball), the Quad Cities River Bandits, Clinton LumberKings, and the Burlington Bees were the #1 area (also a former opponent of the 2009-12 Gems play there too, in the Mallards), the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the #3 spot (also the ECHL affiliate for the Dayton Demonz the last three years). Sitting at #10, the Grand Rapids, Michigan area (home to the West Michigan Whitecaps), followed by #18 Peoria (Chiefs), #21 Appleton, Wisconsin (Timber Rattlers), #35 Cedar Rapids (Kernels), #41 South Bend, Indiana (Cubs, formerly the Silver Hawks), then Dayton hits the list at #66. After the home of the Dragons, it’s #79 Lansing (Lugnuts), #92 Midland, Michigan (Great Lakes Loons), #104 Beloit, Wisconsin (Snappers), #105 Geneva, Illinois (Kane County Cougars), #122 Bowling Green, Kentucky (Hot Rods), and #144 Eastlake (Lake County Captains).

For the Demolition of the Federal Hockey League, Dayton’s on top with the 66th spot. Behind Dayton is Danville at #75 (Dashers), #124 Watertown, New York (Wolves), #161 Danbury-Bridgeport, Connecticut (Titans), and #194 Port Huron, Michigan (Prowlers.) Berlin, New Hampshire and Brewster, New York are not on the list, but both of these towns are new to the league for 2015-2016.

In other places close to Dayton, Florence, Kentucky made the 118th spot with the Frontier League’s Freedom. Florence is a couple of minutes away south of Cincinnati. Louisville, Kentucky (home of the Triple-A and Reds affiliate Bats and formerly of the Xtreme, a foe of the Dayton Sharks) hit  at #201. Columbus, Ohio (Clippers) did not make the list, but the other teams are either pro (Crew, Blue Jackets) or collegiate.

Dayton has a lot to be proud of in terms of a sports scene. From high school teams, to several collegiate programs, and some great options to watch pro sports, Dayton is a happening sports scene. Add in being less than an hour away from Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio is great for sports.

Until next time,

-Lee

My 2014 through the Blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Caps on 34th Street

Lids shop (from unionsquareshop.com)

Greetings readers,

According to an article from Retailing Today, written by Mike Troy on August 7th, Macy’s and Lids have struck a licensing deal. This deal will be for 200 stores, with the first twenty-five rolling out the new deal this Fall. The other 175 will have to wait until Spring 2014 for this licensing deal to open up.

With this deal, these Macy’s selected will roll out products relevant to sports fans. The deal calls for merchandise in four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA) as well as collegiate gear. This apparel will be available for men, women, and children, as well as a possible slice of housewares and novelty selections. In a small sample of these 200 stores, there will also be a customization stand to embroider hats. Space for the new Lids gear should take up around 500 to 1,000 square feet, as well as an interactive kiosk to order gear.

Macys.com will also sell the Lids gear soon, too.

That’s two hundred Macy’s stores out of about 840 that will add that additional grab for the sports fans. Earlier this year, Macy’s also signed a deal with Finish Line to handle the athletic shoe stock.

As a support associate at a Dayton area Macy’s, I can only tell you this is a nice grab for the company. Currently, the Dayton area Macy’s really don’t have a lot of sports stuff (just a small selection of Reds, Bengals, and Ohio State stuff.) If you venture out to the Columbus-area Macy’s, you can see more Buckeye gear. I remember the Cincinnati-area Macy’s usually have a bit more Reds, Bengals, and sometimes UC merchandise. Case in point, Macy’s really doesn’t carry a lot of sporting merchandise in Southwest Ohio…until possibly now.

Remember, only 200 stores will get the Lids treatment, with an eye out for the big sports areas (like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and the like.) I figure these placements will also depend on how well a Macy’s store does.

Will the Dayton, Ohio region be treated to one of these 200 additions? As much as I love to see this happen, I don’t think the Dayton region makes the cut. While Dayton is a fantastic sports market with two NCAA Division I institutions, a superb Reds farm team in the Dayton Dragons, the Dayton Demonz hockey team, and various other professional teams in the area, remember the other markets out there like New York, where you have multiple teams and multiple Macy’s too. Now just how many (and what stores) get these, I have no clue. I think the closest area to receive this licensing would either be the Kenwood location in Cincinnati or one of the bigger Macy’s in the Columbus area (Polaris or Easton, maybe one of the two Tuttle Crossing locations [yes, there’s two. Interesting story, but that’ll be for another day.])

But is it possible for the Dayton Mall or the other two Dayton area Macy’s to get a piece of the Lids deal? Absolutely. One of my thoughts about this is over-saturation. Would you put a Lids section in two nearby Macy’s? I assume this wouldn’t be case, so if it’s more spread out, I think Dayton might get a piece of the 200 slice. If you spread it around the bigger markets, this leaves a couple of other markets open for this opportunity.

So there you have it, the next place you buy or receive a hat or sporting piece of clothing might just be from the department store with the star.

Until next time,

-Lee

Interview Stories

Greetings readers,

I’d like to advertise an interview I was recently a part of. If you’d like to read it for yourself, you can do so by clicking this link

The website is called PBP (Play-by-Play) Stories, where all the interviews are from Michael Hirn. On the website, Hirn has interviewed other broadcasters, such as the voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Shum, Dallas Mavericks PBP voice Chuck Cooperstein, and many more.

Hirn is the Play-by-Play voice of the Lima Warriors, a football team in the Heartland Football League.

Recently, Hirn also partaked in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game, you can read his live blog here.

Thanks for the interview, Michael!

Until next time,

-Lee