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Minor League Baseball Fans Enjoying the Gameday Experience, According to National Study PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Lantz and Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:13

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A nationwide study conducted by independent research company Turnkey Intelligence revealed Minor League Baseball fans are extremely satisfied with their at-event experience. More than 20,000 MiLB game attendees were surveyed, and collectively gave the Minor League Baseball gameday experience a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 58, positioning the league on par with other highly recognizable brands, including the National Football League (NFL), Amazon.com, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Pandora Internet Radio and Discover Card.

NPS, introduced by Fred Reichheld, Bain & Company and Satmetrix in 2003, is a loyalty metric system that identifies customers as brand “promoters,” “passives” and “detractors” based on their likelihood to recommend a particular brand. Scores range from -100 to 100, with higher scores indicating stronger brands.

Turnkey’s Surveyor Network, officially launched in May 2014, was used to conduct this study, which focused on the experiences of both single game and season ticket buyers. More than 150 collegiate and professional sports properties participated in the study, including teams from Major League Soccer (MLS), Major League Baseball (MLB) and NCAA FBS programs. More than 40 Minor League Baseball teams from eight of its 15 leagues participated in the study.

“With comparative metrics in easy-to-read dashboards, this study was actionable for each participating MiLB club,” said Len Perna, President and CEO of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. “Our Surveyor Network is the only way to compare fan satisfaction metrics across multiple properties and leagues. It’s the only way to really know where you stand with your customers.”

Further solidifying the results of the study and the Minor League Baseball experience, the league announced its overall attendance at 42.4 million in 2014, the third highest in the organization’s 114-year history. The milestone also marked the 10th consecutive year the organization drew an excess of 41 million fans across its 176 teams and 15 leagues.

“Our teams put tremendous effort into guaranteeing a fun, family-friendly experience at every single one of our games and events,” said Michael Hand, Minor League Baseball Chief Marketing Officer and President of MiLB Enterprises. “It’s gratifying to see that our efforts are being recognized by our fans.”

About Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems. In 2014, Minor League Baseball attracted 42.4 million fans to its ballparks. Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information about Minor League Baseball, visit www.MiLB.com.

About Turnkey Sports & Entertainment

Turnkey Sports & Entertainment is the holding company that owns and operates Turnkey Search, the industry's leading executive search firm, and also Turnkey Intelligence, the industry's leading consumer intelligence firm. For more information about Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, visit www.TurnkeySE.com.

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BAKER SCORES GAME WINNER IN ALLEN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 14:34

ALLEN, Texas (February 16, 2015) – Kevin Baker broke 1-1 tie at 5:51 of the third period and the Quad City Mallards (25-18-6) went on to defeat the host Allen Americans (34-9-5) 2-1 Monday night.  With their victory over the league leaders, the Mallards opened up a three point lead in the race for second place in the ECHL's Central Division.

Baker buried a cross-ice pass from Justin Fox- who had scored the first Mallard goal- for the game winner

Fox opened the scoring from the right wing circle at 18:07 of the first period.

Spencer Asuchak deadlocked the game at one with a point blank backhander at 6:06 of the second period, but the Americans could not produce another reply after Baker put the Mallards back on top in the third.

The Mallards return to action Friday night on the road against the Brampton Beast.  The Mallards next play at home next Wednesday evening, February 25 at 7:05 p.m. against the Americans.  Fans can purchase four tickets to each Mallards Wednesday home game this season for just $20.  In addition, after each Wednesday home contest, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline- adjacent to the iWireless Center- for a postgame party.

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including the February 25 tilt- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

 
Quad City Blues High School Hockey team raises $9,138.97 for Genesis Health System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Andry   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 14:19

The Quad City Blues High School Hockey team held their 5th annual benefit hockey game in conjunction with Genesis Health System on January 25th at the River’s Edge in Davenport.   This year’s theme for the event was “SLASH MS”.  This is a cause that is near and dear to the player’s hearts as their head coach, Shane Lovdahl, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis this past year.  The event consisted of a jersey auction, silent auction, raffle baskets, bake sale, and of course, a good old hockey game between the Quad City Blues and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

The Quad City Blues consists of 33 players from local area high schools from both sides of the river; Alleman, Assumption, Bettendorf, Central DeWitt, Davenport Central, Davenport North, Davenport West, Moline, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, Riverdale, Rivermont Collegiate, and United Township.

The team participates in the Mid-West High School Hockey League which includes teams from Kansas City, Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, Ames, Des Moines, Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Dubuque.  Games are played from November to February with a final year end tournament in early March.

Former head coach, Nick White, initiated the first benefit game in 2010 in conjunction with Genesis to raise awareness for various causes.  Pink at the Rink, The Beat Goes On, 5-4 Fighting Diabetes, and Stick it to Cancer have raised over $34,000 prior to this year’s event, SLASH MS.  The growth and success of these events are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the Quad City Blues players and parents as well as the generous help of their title sponsor Genesis Health System.  This past Friday (February 13th), the Quad City Blues presented a check for $9,138.97 to Ken Croken, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Advocacy of Genesis Health System, representing this year’s proceeds from the event.

The event in January concluded with a 6-3 victory by the Blues over Cedar Rapids!

 
MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 16, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:55
THIS WEEK

Monday, February 16, 7:05 p.m.

Allen Event Center
Quad City Mallards vs. Allen Americans

Friday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Sunday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

 

LAST WEEK
Wednesday, February 11
Quad City 3 Missouri 2

Friday, February 13
Tulsa 2 Quad City 1

Saturday, February 14

Quad City 3 Tulsa 2

 

Quad City
24-18-6, 54 points
2nd place, Central Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Allen
34-8-5, 73 points

1st place, Central Division
Coach: Steve Martinson

Brampton
15-29-2, 32 points
7th place, Central Division
Coach: Brent Hughes

 

QUACK TRACKS
Tight
Each of the Mallards’ three games last week was decided by one goal.  The Mallards won two of those three tilts.

Splitsville
With Saturday night’s 3-2 road win the Mallards earned a split of their weekend home-and-home series with Tulsa.  The Oilers won 2-1 in the Quad Cities Friday evening.

Second

With their win on Saturday night the Mallards kept their hold on second place in the Central Division.  The Mallards are one point ahead of third place Wichita.

On the Road
The Mallards tonight play the second of five straight road games.  After visiting the Americans this evening, the Mallards will head to Brampton for games Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Upswing
The Mallards have gone 6-3-0 in their last nine games.

2015
Saturday night’s win left the Mallards with a .500 record (8-8-1) in 2015.

Stingy

The Mallards have allowed two goals or fewer each of their last three games and in eight of their last nine games.  They now rank third in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.6).

Red Light District
The Mallards have scored three goals or fewer in each of their last four games and in 13 of their last 14 games.  They are now tied for thirteenth in the ECHL in goals per game (3.0).

Special Teams
While the Mallards have allowed power play goals in each of their last two games, they have not surrendered a goal while down one man in any of their last five games (Tulsa scored at 5-on-3 Friday and 6-on-3 Saturday).  The Mallards rank fifth in the ECHL in penalty killing (85.7 percent). Three of the four goals the Mallards have scored over their last two games have come on the power play.  The Mallards rank fourteenth in the league in power play efficiency (17.6 percent).

Super Mario
Mario Lamoureux has five points (two goals and three assists) in his last three games and 18 points (five goals and 13 assists) in his last 14 games.  Lamoureux, who Saturday night reached 50 points for the season, ranks ninth in the ECHL in points and tied for fifth in assists (34).

Trifecta
By assisting on all three Mallard goals Saturday night Mike Monfredo matched team single game season highs for assists and points and established personal career single game highs for assists and points.  Monfredo had a hand in all four Mallard goals last weekend.  He scored the lone Quad City goal in Friday’s loss to Tulsa.

Can’t Get Enough of That Wonderful Duff

Matt Duffy Saturday night scored his seventh power play goal out of eight overall this season.  Duffy is now tied for fourth in the ECHL in power play goals.

Between the Pipes
Parker Milner has posted a 1.27 goals against average and a .945 save percentage while going 4-1-0 over his last seven games.  Milner started the Mallards’ games last Wednesday and Friday, marked the first time a Mallard goaltender has started back-to-back games since Evan Mosher made consecutive starts December 29 and 31.  Milner is tied for second in save percentage (.927) and ranks third in goals against average (2.17).  Mosher is tied for eighth in the ECHL in save percentage (.915).

 

Debut
Berkley Scott made his Mallard debut last Wednesday night against Missouri after signed with the Mallards earlier the same day.  Scott joined the Mallards from the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Knoxville Ice Bears.  Scott was third in the SPHL in goals (18) and seventh in points (37) when he joined the Mallards.

Undermanned
The Mallards played with fewer than the standard 16 skaters for six straight games before Paxton Leroux and Evan Haney returned to the lineup for last Friday’s game.


Milestones
Duffy reached 100 career assists by picking up a pair of assists last Wednesday against Missouri… Last Wednesday’s win over Missouri was Terry Ruskowski’s ninetieth victory as Mallard coach…Darren McMillan has 198 career points…Kevin Baker has 298 career assists.

 

Head to Head
The Mallards dropped their only prior meeting with the Americans this season 5-2 in Allen on December 10.  All-time, the Mallards have posted a regular season record of 3-6-1 against the Americans: 2-3-0 at home and 1-3-1 at the Allen Event Center…The Mallards have gone 6-2-3 against Brampton this season and have posted a 2-0-3 record in Brampton.  All-time, the Mallards have gone 13-5-6 against the Beast overall and 7-5-4 at the Powerade Center.

Ins and Outs
Paxton Leroux returned to the Mallards lineup last Friday against Tulsa after missing six games (upper body injury)…Evan Haney returned last Friday after missing nine games (upper body injury)…Johnny Rogic (out ten games), Logan Nelson (eight games) and Antti Pusa (three games) remain sidelined by upper body inuries.  Pusa is on 21-day injured reserve retroactive to February 7…Berkley Scott last Wednesday signed with the Mallards and made his debut for the club.


NEXT HOME GAME
Wednesday, February 25, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Allen Americans

4 Tickets for $20; T.G.I. Friday’s Postgame Party
Fans can get four tickets for just $20 for each Wednesday home game.  After each Wednesday home tilt fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline for a postgame party.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games- including tonight’s match-up with Allen- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts and free audio webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

 

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Davenport Little League Registration at Modern Woodmen Park Feb. 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Friday, 13 February 2015 13:55
For the seventh consecutive year, the Quad Cities River Bandits will host Davenport Little League baseball and softball registration indoors at Modern Woodmen Park. On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Little Leaguers from throughout the Davenport area will visit the ballpark to register for their upcoming season. More »

 
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