The Houston Aeros Are No More, R.I.P.
|Aeros fans stranded outside Toyota Center as the team's final regular season home game started thanks to a Toyota Center ticketing snafu.|
So maybe there is some karma in Alexander's team not being viewable by a majority of the Houston viewing public. Interest in what was an exciting playoff team was virtually nonexistent for most of the season because if fans couldn't see the team, then it didn't exist. If Jim Crane's not so unreasonable, the Rockets are on TV. If Les Alexander's not so damn unreasonable, then there is no such thing as the Iowa Wild and the Aeros are returning for season 20.
But perhaps Alexander does get it. Perhaps this is all his way of inflicting revenge on the Aeros, his own form of revenge on an organization that treated him like crap 20 years ago.
There might never have been a Toyota Center if the Aeros, then owned by Chuck Watson, weren't running the Summit. Watson used his lease control to block two attempts by Les Alexander to bring a NHL team to Houston. Watson made it difficult for the Rockets to get the good dates at the facility. So Alexander threatened to move the team and got the Toyota Center built for him, with him being the landlord. Then he started doing to the Aeros what the Aeros did to him and the Rockets, especially since the city of Houston cut a deal with a cult and surrendered the Summit to Dr. Joel's House of Love. And now with no other facility for the Aeros to play in, it's all over.
The Houston Aeros are no more and the city of Houston is left with a taxpayer-funded facility that will now sit empty for about 300 days of the year because Alexander crunched the numbers and he discovered he could turn a tidy profit on the Rockets and pimping Toyota Center out for a few concerts here and there. But at least Les Alexander will still make money, so that's all that really matters.
The Houston Aeros are dead. Long live the Houston Aeros!