NC State, Hurricanes scheduling conflicts continue
Posted June 3, 2013
Updated June 4, 2013
In a situation that arises nearly every calendar year, the Carolina Hurricanes and North Carolina State University are currently in a scheduling conflict for events to be held in the PNC Arena.
The Wolfpack have priority in scheduling at PNC Arena, although there is an agreement between the two parties for NC State to finalize all their dates by June 1. The National Hockey League attempts to finalize their schedule for the upcoming season on the first of June, and without committed dates by the university, the NHL calendar is further held up.
“Hopefully we can work through this and get this resolved,” Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford told Mike Maniscalco on 620 the Buzz Monday morning. “Over the last 12 or 13 years, we’ve had a system that’s not ideal for either side, but it has worked pretty well. All of a sudden, it has appeared to have changed here in the last year.”
An NC State spokesperson said in a statement that these negotiations transpire every year and that the university is committed to making all parties happy, although much of their scheduling is out of their control.
"The challenge for NC State is that our ACC schedule is not in our control. Each year NC State receives our ACC conference football schedule in February and our ACC basketball schedule in late August or early September, and we cannot release dates until we receive these schedules from the conference," the statement read. "As far as the fall non-conference schedule, as of last week NC State has scheduled nine games and released all but four other dates needed to complete the schedule through the remainder of the calendar year."
The timetable set forth by the ACC is in direct conflict, however, with the NHL and their scheduling system.
“If there are still dates on hold as of June 1, it really complicates the system,” Rutherford said.
NC State said that the June 1 date is a "best efforts" agreement "where NC State essentially agreed to make our best efforts to deliver as many basketball schedule dates as possible to Gale Force (operating company of PNC Arena)."
In past years, the Hurricanes and Wolfpack were able to resolve scheduling conflicts by playing on the same day. NC State’s basketball team would typically play first because it is easier to change from floor to ice, but even then, that is no guarantee.
“It’s not automatic that basketball games will play first because it’s dictated by television,” said Rutherford.
Rutherford indicated that meetings will be planned in the near future to better deal with the scheduling issue. He said that meetings have occurred in the past with little or no resolution.
"We feel NC State has gone above and beyond contractual obligations to do all we can to make concessions wherever possible and release dates as quickly as possible, and feel confident we can continue meeting and get any remaining issues resolved," NC State said in their statement.