While the Panther's on-ice performance and first appearance in the playoffs since 2000 helped boost attendance last year, the team's gate receipts, again among the lowest in the league, revealed the real story. The team gave away a lot of tickets through promotions. The BB&T Center was filled to only 86% capacity. Despite this, the team managed to sign a 10-year extension with the bank for the arena's naming rights and score a a long-term lucrative TV deal with Fox Sports Florida, deals which should bring the team cash to keep competitive on the ice.
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