SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA-TV) - The following letter is from Mudbugs Owner Tommy Scott and forwarded by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce:
Dear Fellow Chamber Member,
For 14 years, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs have provided the area with quality family entertainment, contributed to many local charitable organizations through cash contributions and personal outreach, and provided a positive economic impact to the area of approximately $2.5 million annually. We have always put a winner on the ice proven by our 13 playoff appearances, 6 President's Cup Finals appearances, and 4 President's Cup Championships. We are the primary tenant of the city owned CenturyTel Center producing more than 33 separate events every year. We have done our part and now need your support to be able to continue our operations.
The Central Hockey League (our AA professional hockey league) has given our team a deadline of Friday June 10th to commit to playing in the league for our 15th season. We simply cannot make the commitment without the support of the citizens and businesses of the area. Like any business, we are experiencing a budget shortfall due to rising expenses and a drop in attendance. In order to commit to the league or request a deadline extension, we must have season ticket or other ticket plan commitments of 1,750 by this Friday, June 10th. Once we make a commitment, there is no turning back and we must start and finish the season. Relying on last season's ticket numbers of 957 full season tickets, the Mudbugs will not be able to play.
In addition to our season ticket drive, we are working to secure more corporate sponsorship and revising our current lease with the CenturyTel Center. We are working feverishly to do everything within our power to keep Mudbugs hockey and everything we do alive.
Your support, in the form of purchasing season tickets, is the best way you can help our cause and allow us to continue to be a vital part of this community. We are currently accepting $50 deposits per seat for all season tickets, mini-plans, and flex tickets for the 2011-2012 season. Your deposit is 100% refundable if we do not commit for the next season. If we go ahead and resume plans for next season, your deposit will go towards the purchase of your tickets which can be paid for over several months leading up to October. Our total season goal is 2,500 that we hope to reach before October.
This is an urgent matter and requires your action immediately. We do not have time to mail out information packets or call everyone personally given the deadline. Please, if you can or are remotely interested in keeping the Mudbugs organization as part of the community, call us. Our office number is (318) 752-2847. Our office, located inside the CenturyTel Center is open Wednesday and Thursday nights until 7pm. Office hours Friday are from 8:30am – 5pm. Other team information, including season ticket prices, can be found online at www.mudbugshockey.com.
Thank you for your support,
Owner and President
(Courtesy: Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce)