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Postby DrBoni on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:03 pm

Ken Sawyer's reaction has been added to the PG presser.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06089/678121-100.stm

"The Isle of Capri plan is clearly the best plan still out there," he said. "The plan proposed by the governor today, as you know, calls for $7 million dollars a year from some development fund. That's $210 million over 30 years. Under the Isle of Capri plan, that money is freed up to go elsewhere, toward additional economic development."

If that's the least appealing part of Rendell's plan according to Sawyer, then I think the Pens would be very interested in working this plan out if IOC doesn't win the license.
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Postby skullman80 on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:14 pm

He said what he could say without stepping on any toes. I'm sure he was a bit suprised with what was layed out there.

Sawyer can't say too much anways because of the commitment with IOC.
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Postby Mad City Mike on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:30 pm

Him saying this is actually very encouraging. His "rejection" of this is actually very muted, and if one reads between the lines of what he could have said but didn't, my guess is he is subtly saying they could live with this. He could have said that the Pens simply can't or won't contribute any money toward an arena. He didn't. This certainly isn't an endorsement of the plan, but it is all you could hope for. Obviously, the IoC plan prohibits them from exploring this alternative publicly, but his muted comments are almost a tacit approval IMO.
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Postby newarenanow on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:40 pm

Sawyer also said he would like to discuss more details if you read the article.

If you go to the triblive.com, you can hear Rendell's full speach. He says he spoke with Bettman for a while yesterday.

I at least hope Bettman can say, "You know what we endorse the Pens and IOC, but if that fails, this will suit the team and the NHL will not allow a move." Don't know if that's legal, but that's what I hope.
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Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:54 pm

Well, it wouldn't be prudent for Sawyer to come out and totally rip the governor's plan.

It would make the Pens look bad if he did. For example, "we want our plan and if we don't get it, we are taking our puck and leaving."

Where the Pens actually stand on the plan won't be found out until the license is awarded and if it is awarded to FC or Don Barden.

That said, I think the Gov's plan at face value is a decent alternative option to provide the city with a new arena, with the IoC plan still being the best.
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Postby Stoosh on Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:18 pm

Interesting stuff from this article, which appears to have been updated since earlier this afternoon...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06089/678121-100.stm

In particular, I kind of liked this part...

Mr. Onorato said he has had private discussions with the other potential casino operators and they verbally agreed to the voluntary contributions of $7.5 million a year.


I can see a photocopy of that article coming across Onorato's desk tomorrow with the above passage highlighted and a note paperclipped to it that says, "Better get that one in writing ASAP, Dan-O! Love, Mario"
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Postby spoon on Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:35 pm

I say Mario draws a heart instead of writting the word "love"
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Postby Stoosh on Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:49 pm

That's true...Mario would write the heart on there instead because then he'd come off as even more of a smart ***.
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Postby skullman80 on Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:01 pm

Chris wrote:Anyone know how much this Plan B asks for the Pens to pay and for how long?


8.5 million up front and 2.9 mil a year for rent.
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Postby ExPatriatePen on Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:04 am

Stoosh wrote:Interesting stuff from this article, which appears to have been updated since earlier this afternoon...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06089/678121-100.stm

In particular, I kind of liked this part...

Mr. Onorato said he has had private discussions with the other potential casino operators and they verbally agreed to the voluntary contributions of $7.5 million a year.


I can see a photocopy of that article coming across Onorato's desk tomorrow with the above passage highlighted and a note paperclipped to it that says, "Better get that one in writing ASAP, Dan-O! Love, Mario"


Book 'Em Dano :-) :-) :-)
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