A sad goodbye to the ECHL’s Bay Area team

So long, San Francisco Bulls. We hardly know ya.

Which of course, was a big part of the problem. Not enough people visited the Bulls’ well-past-retirement-age antiquated arena to get to know you. That, combined with other financial woes and the failure to get an infusion of cash were the reasons the Bulls ceased operations.

Their six games still scheduled with the Thunder will be reassigned to other teams. Here’s a few observations about the failure of the Bulls:

* The 73-year-old Cow Palace wasn’t a great place for a team when the Sharks played there in the 1990s, and it didn’t get better with age. A new scoreboard didn’t change that.

* Although the Bulls drew just over 2,200 a game, their loyal fans are disappointed. The players who signed with them are now searching for employment. And anytime a team has to close shop in the middle of a season, its a blow to the league.

* It’s troubling that the Bulls final interaction with its fans was to tell them they has until Feb. 28 to ask for a refund for purchased tickets. I’m assuming the Bulls had representatives calling people to sell tickets over the past two years, yet those same fans have to call to get their money back after the franchise didn’t deliver its promised product. That’s bull-you-know-what.

* It’s nice to have teams named after big cities, it looks good. But it doesn’t always work, as San Francisco and Chicago Express have shown in recent years. To be fair, the Cincinnati Cyclones are an example of a big-city team doing fine. But a medium-sized market with a decent venue and a desire for pro sports is still the best bet for success.

* The feeding frenzy to grab the Bulls good players has begun as the Florida Everblades signed defenseman Eriks Sevcenko on Tuesday. They have a few forwards the Thunder should look at, such as Dean Ouellet and Brett Findlay.

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