The Florida Panthers are a franchise that struggles both on and off the ice in South Florida. They’ve been the subject of attendance shaming and accused of not being able to appeal to their area. They also have an arena that’s not in Miami proper, but the middle of nowhere in Sunrise.
You can’t blame them, then, for trying some interesting ideas. Including doing three Spanish-language radio games this season. The first such broadcast occurred Thursday night. The results were downright awesome.
That’s the voice of Arley Londono calling the game. The Panthers actually used a Spanish-language broadcast during their first season in South Florida but were discontinued in 1996, with Londono calling the games. I’m all for making the hockey audience more diverse. Plus, it’s the least the Panthers can do to draw more attention.