bill from turtle creek wrote:We are lucky this is an election year, or this whole thing could easily end in the Pens going elsewhere.
Don't forget the decision is not expected until *after* the election.
And I believe it will be pushed back even further.
My prediction, FC gets the license, by contributing some, but not all, of the monies for a "Plan 'B' " proposal. The new Arena gets built (although it ends up costing more than $290M and isn't as nice as the IoC current proposal.) on the site the city buys from Don Barden near the West End Bridge.
Mario's group sells the Pens after the license is awarded to FC and *before* the new Arena is built. The new Owner uses the delay in constructing the new arena as an excuse to move the team. Pittsburgh spends the next two years courting an AHL franchise (And ends up with the Columbus farm team).
The new Arena is operated in the Red for years and becomes a drag on taxpayers.
Forest City stalls the development of all parts of their proposal except the slots venue and no new tax revenues are realized.
Meanwhile, the former Civic Arena site is demolished and the "Lower Hill District" falls further into a state of disrepair.