I am becoming VERY disheartened with the prospects of the Pens staying here in Pittsburgh. It seems more and more that, with Rendell's rhetoric, the gaming license is unlikely to be awarded to the Isle of Capri group.
1) Why all-of-a-sudden suggest a 'Plan B' when the gaming license is 'supposedly' still up-for-grabs? Is this (likely) a pre-emptive excuse to cover Rendell's ass WHEN the Pens leave?
2) What exactly IS Rendell's gripe with the inability to negotiate with the Pens? Perchance somebody might suggest to ol' Ed that he has had YEARS to push for an arena for the Pens (YEARS after Mario was PROMISED an arena coming out of bankruptcy proceedings)...and has done next-to-NOTHING!!! Why? No public support for a taxpayer funded arena.
3) Funny...running for reelection for governor, Rendell will NEVER float a taxpayer-paid arena option...UNLESS...he realizes that the Pens will be LONG GONE prior to this option being a possibility.
Rendell KNOWS that it's the gaming license or bust for the Pens. Suggesting a Plan B is a red herring, as Rendell KNOWS that this 'plan' would only be implemented LONG after the Pens have relocated...hence...it WON'T ever happen.