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Postby Pens163 on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:34 pm

even wpxi mentions that Don Barden is "the ONLY black casino operator in the United States" http://www.wpxi.com/news/10575072/detail.html
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Postby Guins on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:35 pm

Pens163 wrote:even wpxi mentions that Don Barden is "the ONLY black casino operator in the United States" http://www.wpxi.com/news/10575072/detail.html
Good Liberal White Guilt :roll:
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Postby FLPensFan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:36 pm

Hold on, according to this article, Don Barden has agreed to kick in 2.25 billion over the next 30 years for an arena:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 85062.html

"I am committed to what we said we were going to do," Barden said Wednesday. "We're going to fund $75 million a year for 30 years towards financing a new multipurpose arena."


And that's an AP story. Man I hate typos when I'm depressed.
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Postby Guido on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:37 pm

Corvidae wrote:
murf wrote:Stockey just said the fact that Barden is "African-American" may have helped him :evil:

That's the kind of BS that makes people become racist.


if they factored in RACE into this decision in any way, shape or form...

that's just completely ridiculous. out of all the BS like religious figures, inflated profit projections, traffic, etc. etc.....they will look at a person's race?
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Postby DayWalker on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:37 pm

Pens163 wrote:even wpxi mentions that Don Barden is "the ONLY black casino operator in the United States" http://www.wpxi.com/news/10575072/detail.html


Bingo bango bongo.
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Postby André on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:40 pm

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Postby canaan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:41 pm

Deas wrote:F...


well said :D
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Postby Xgen on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:41 pm

33 Pages ???? C'MON PEOPLE...we've got to get to 36 so i win the over...
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Postby Judy on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:45 pm

murf wrote:More duct tape! Former Mayor Smurphy is on WTAE :twisted:


Where's Sophie Vador? :lol:
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Postby GeoTank on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:46 pm

Mario should tell them where to stick their "Plan B". I setup a FREE arena for you jokers and you said no... stick it, build me a new arena for free or i start buying box seats for chief's games next year.

Bring on losts of SNOW and then very warm rain... good location.

Guess the city's desire to get people to go to the "city" just wont happen. North shore and south side are the only places to go anymore. strip district is a sess-pool and the place to go to get shot and after the pens leave, the cops might as well arrest anyone entering the hill for buying since there is no other reason to go there after they leave.


@!##$%&#%$^*#%^#!%&
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Postby pensfannn on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:47 pm

Once again, city and state politicians turn their backs on Pittsburgh's greatest sports hero.
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Postby Xgen on Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:48 pm

STATEMENT FROM KEN SAWYER, CEO OF THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

12/20/2006

We congratulate Don Barden and PITG Gaming on their successful bid. Obviously, we are very disappointed that the Isle of Capri was not awarded the slots license. We want to thank them for their effort over the past year, including an unprecedented offer to fully fund construction of a new arena had they received the license. We also want to thank the dozens of local leaders and thousands of fans and concerned citizens who voiced their support for what they believed was the best plan for our region. Had Isle of Capri been selected, it would have ensured the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh and would have delivered a $1 billion development opportunity to the Lower Hill and Uptown. At this point, our franchise enters a period of uncertainty, with our lease at Mellon Arena set to expire this summer. We will re-evaluate all of our options before deciding on a course of action and making further comment.
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Postby Mr. T on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:03 pm

Xgen wrote:STATEMENT FROM KEN SAWYER, CEO OF THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

12/20/2006

We congratulate Don Barden and PITG Gaming on their successful bid. Obviously, we are very disappointed that the Isle of Capri was not awarded the slots license. We want to thank them for their effort over the past year, including an unprecedented offer to fully fund construction of a new arena had they received the license. We also want to thank the dozens of local leaders and thousands of fans and concerned citizens who voiced their support for what they believed was the best plan for our region. Had Isle of Capri been selected, it would have ensured the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh and would have delivered a $1 billion development opportunity to the Lower Hill and Uptown. At this point, our franchise enters a period of uncertainty, with our lease at Mellon Arena set to expire this summer. We will re-evaluate all of our options before deciding on a course of action and making further comment.


Makes me nervous.
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Postby Guido on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:04 pm

Xgen wrote:STATEMENT FROM KEN SAWYER, CEO OF THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

12/20/2006

We congratulate Don Barden and PITG Gaming on their successful bid. Obviously, we are very disappointed that the Isle of Capri was not awarded the slots license. We want to thank them for their effort over the past year, including an unprecedented offer to fully fund construction of a new arena had they received the license. We also want to thank the dozens of local leaders and thousands of fans and concerned citizens who voiced their support for what they believed was the best plan for our region. Had Isle of Capri been selected, it would have ensured the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh and would have delivered a $1 billion development opportunity to the Lower Hill and Uptown. At this point, our franchise enters a period of uncertainty, with our lease at Mellon Arena set to expire this summer. We will re-evaluate all of our options before deciding on a course of action and making further comment.


well, from that statement, you can basically conclude that they are severing ties with IoC. That is good. However, they do not mention any willingness to jump right into Plan B negotiations.

They will evaluate the situation? What is there to evaluate. There were 2 outcomes, win or lose, and there has been plenty of time to realize what needs to happen in either case.

No more bureaucratic nonsense. Just put pressure...public pressure...on the regional government and get plan B hammered out and finalized, THEN begin the search for a new owner or (i hope) a new partner for Lemieux.
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Postby louie on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:23 pm

I'm irate while at the same time maybe relieved, slightly.

As much as I dislike gambling, I'm glad that I won't have to be exposed to casinos when I go to Pens games. Now, at the same time I'm upset the IoC didn't win, because obviously it was the best plan.

What makes me the most upset is the minister from the Hill District. This guy gets on TV and says how he is happy, but sorry about the Penguins, but they don't want crime, gambling and prostitution in the Hill. What an assinine statement. The Hill is a disaster and if anything it couldn't be any worse than what it is now.

Everyone on the radio is also saying that this decision can be appealed.

If any of this has been stated already I apologize.
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Postby canaan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:25 pm

louie wrote:I'm irate while at the same time maybe relieved, slightly.

As much as I dislike gambling, I'm glad that I won't have to be exposed to casinos when I go to Pens games. Now, at the same time I'm upset the IoC didn't win, because obviously it was the best plan.

What makes me the most upset is the minister from the Hill District. This guy gets on TV and says how he is happy, but sorry about the Penguins, but they don't want crime, gambling and prostitution in the Hill. What an assinine statement. The Hill is a disaster and if anything it couldn't be any worse than what it is now.

Everyone on the radio is also saying that this decision can be appealed.

If any of this has been stated already I apologize.


its been stated, but worthy of repeating... the defense of the hill district's current status is comical and completely absurd...i cant believe there are people who believe that the IoC plan was bad for the district
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Postby scpensfan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:27 pm

An appeal would be a waste of time and money. Nothing's going to change. And, by the way, the clock is ticking.
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Postby pulp22 on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:29 pm

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its been stated, but worthy of repeating... the defense of the hill district's current status is comical and completely absurd...i cant believe there are people who believe that the IoC plan was bad for the district[/quote]

Agreed. It is ok to take money from Gambling as long as the casino isn't near you. Total Crap
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Postby FallenHero96 on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:31 pm

But but but.... Eklund said his "source" said that IOC was going to win!! There must be some mistake!!! They read the wrong name!!
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Postby Pens163 on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:39 pm

FallenHero96 wrote:But but but.... Eklund said his "source" said that IOC was going to win!! There must be some mistake!!! They read the wrong name!!


i blame hanging chads :lol: :roll:
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Postby DrBoni on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:42 pm

Pens163 wrote:
FallenHero96 wrote:But but but.... Eklund said his "source" said that IOC was going to win!! There must be some mistake!!! They read the wrong name!!


i blame hanging chads :lol: :roll:



It's WAY too cliche for me to blame Ryan Whitney. :)
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Postby scpensfan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:43 pm

I blame CP.

WAKE. UP. CP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby eastonpensfan on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:45 pm

I think this is just politicking by the Pens to get more from the City and/or Barden.
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Postby careyz8 on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:50 pm

So lets see:
Heinz field: $264 million, no taxpayer money
PNC park: $274 million, no taxpayer money
both stadiums are used very very little compared to an arena that can be used 365 days a year.

Why doesn't this make any sense to me??? IoC was gift wrapping a $290 million arena and they award it to PITG, a group who really doesn't care about hockey.

I'm still blaming this on Rendell and his love for Philthadelphia
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Postby Brode on Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:52 pm

I'll never have that recipe again! Oh nooooooooo!
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