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« on: March 06, 2007, 02:59:27 AM »

Monday, March 5, 2007 6:04 PM EST
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Penguins moved a step closer to leaving Pittsburgh, declaring an impasse Monday in their new arena negotiations with state and local leaders and saying they will actively pursue relocation.

The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close. It also increases the possibility the Penguins will be playing in Kansas City next season.

In the letter, Lemieux and Burkle put the blame for the impasse on government officials, arguing they agreed to pay $120 million over 30 years to help build a $290 million arena and cover construction cost overruns, yet still have not reached a deal.
On Jan. 4, the team, state, city and Allegheny County began negotiating an alternate arena funding plan. Originally, government officials wanted the team to contribute about $4.1 million per year, but lowered that to $2.8 million during the first round of negotiations.

During subsequent talks, the Penguins agreed to up that annual contribution to $3.6 million, plus $400,000 in operating expenses, after the state said there was a funding shortfall. However, the two sides still could not close a deal.

Kansas City has offered its nearly completed Sprint Center to the Penguins rent-free. The Penguins would also gain revenue from development projects around the arena.

what in the hell are these people in Kansas City thinging?  not only are they giving away the keys to the city, they will get a map to the rest of the city to pick and choose from.  what does the city actually gain from this??? nothing but heartache.. they lost a team once back in the 70's due to lack of interest.. is the mayor related to the France family?Huh? just another rich owner who won't spend any of his money to build a new venue.. shame on mario , shame on the NHL for allowing the extortion, and shame on Kansas City for paying the ransom....


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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2007, 07:56:36 PM »

is the mayor related to the France family?Huh?

Actually, no, although the tactics are now similar.

For those who have never seen hockey, Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest and most inspirational players in the sport's history.  In 1999, he bought the Penguins, the team for which he starred in the 1980s and early '90s, just as it was on the verge of folding.  He later returned to play for the team from which he had retired.  As an owner, he was responsible for the signings of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the league's top young players.

Lemieux tried to sell the team to a Canadian businessman, but the deal collapsed because the Isle of Capri Casino, which was to have built an arena and casino complex, lost the rights to build the downtown Pittsburgh casino.  Since then, he has been in negotiations with the state, county and city on alternate financing, but as Ken posted, those talks have failed.

I feel for all the players, coaches, and front office, who may soon have to uproot their families and go to a new city and start life over again.  Most of all, I feel for the fans.  They were expecting to see a championship contender for years to come in their city.  Now, they may not get the chance.  Some of them are also no doubt feeling that Lemieux, once their sporting hero, has betrayed them in the name of money. Cry

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