The New Jersey Devils have been making changes within their administration, one of those changes was with Hugh Weber becoming the President of Business Operations. Weber told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the situation with the team in Newark was what attracted him to the position after working with the New Orleans Hornets.
“This trajectory that Newark is now finding itself with, the mayor who is now moving on to become the Senator and yet these great kind of things happening, sports teams tend to transcend,” said Weber. “What happens on the ice or the court, they tend to be good catalyst for things to create other types of economic and social changes. So I looked at this puzzle, this was what fascinated me and really made me kind of intrigued to come up and be a part of it.”
Weber mentions that Devils organization have been a part of the community within Newark and throughout the state. He mentions that the team is not only a reflection of the state but also a reflection of the neighborhood that the Prudential Center is located.
In order for the team to represent the neighborhood, Weber says that part of it has to do with how employees think and act. The way things are approached and engaging within the community, Weber says its the method to get involved than just putting on hockey events or concerts within the arena.
Weber mentions that the organization has hosted events were employees get together. This year, kids were invited to participate with employees at an event in the Prudential Center.
“Those are the kinds of things that is interesting, you want to reach out and improve people’s lives and I actually looked in our employees eyes and many of them, this is the first they’ve been able to do anything like this and I was more shocked that they were more moved and engaged and excited. It really meant a lot to them too,” said Weber.
As for the Devils ticket sales, Weber says that fans want to be a part of a winning team but that it can’t be an excuse on the business side. Weber says that when fans go to games, they get to have a great experience and value for their ticket even when things on the ice get tough.