I cannot find it, but I could have sworn I read or heard that a local official (Onorato?) had received verbal agreements from the other two applicants to go along with Rendell's plan.This PG article
contains a quote that would seem to dispute that:
Neither of Isle of Capri's competitors for the city's casino agreed to a $7.5 million annual arena payment.
"When [the Penguins] make a commitment to fund the arena with this plan, we will sit down with the public officials and determine how we can participate," said Abe Naparstek, development director for Forest City Enterprises, which is teaming with Harrah's Entertainment on a casino proposal. "It's too early to speculate on a number" they would contribute, he said.
I think that this entire "Plan B" is a political football that Rendell has concocted to pull his neck out of the Pens' noose.
Interesting that "Honest Abe" from the Forrest City group almost immediately throws the Pens under the bus saying that it is now up to them to show the city that they want to stay by taking the team off the market.
This plan may hold water, but what it appears to be to me is a salvo from Rendell that will allow him to say that the Pens are being spoiled brats if they come out and say it won't work. If and when they do, his office will respond that the Pens don't want to invest in then city by paying an upfront sum for their future here.