Once lived in Pittsburgh wrote:
bill from turtle creek wrote:But, he doesn't want it. His building is already incredibly busy on just about every day of the year. He's making money hand over fist. If he buys the Pens, he has to displace 41 other events that are already making money for him, plus he has to buy the team for $170 million just to get started. The money he'd make on the team, MINUS the money he gives up on those dates that are already being used, isn't worth his time and effort.
No wonder he isn't interested.
IF he is leasing that bulding out all 180 days of the NHL season, then you might be right. If he's got 50 or so open days, I think he'd want the team.
A lot depends on his civic pride, and if he wants the headaches. I'm just looking at this demographically - and Houston absolutely KILLS pitts and kc
Right now there are a lot of ifs with every situation involving the Pens. There are huge ifs in Pittsburgh, huge ifs in Kansas City and huge ifs in Houston -- not to mention the other cities mentioned. The fact remains that, though the Penguin franchise is a UFA at season's end, the season hasn't ended, which means the hometown has the advantage. That is not to say that this is a lock. It's not even close.
Mario has set this up so there is maximum pressure on the politicians. These guys realize the economic downfall that will occur if the team leaves. These guys also realize that, with this economic downfall, their political careers could be on the line. Lets face it, politicians are liars, but they have to do things for the community/region/state or they won't ever get to the point where their lies are worth anything.
For every city Mario visits and discusses arena lease issues, he will return to Pittsburgh and discuss those issues with the PA and Pittsburgh politicians. The ball is in their court. They know what has to be done to keep the team. And, if you think Lemieux is out to sell to the highest bidder, why is the team not for sale? Why isn't he just saying, "Bid away, highest bidder at the end of January takes the team?" He took the team off the market so HE could get an arena deal in Pittsburgh because he knows that many potential owners won't do so.
By no means is this a slam dunk, but if any city has the advantage right now, it's Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has the opportunity to match any lease offered anywhere in the country. If Pittsburgh can do so, Mario won't move the team.
I understand you are very interested in the situation and you have your opinions. That's fine. But I can tell you that we Penguin fans have been following this for years -- not months. We've followed this since Boots tried to buy the team in, I believe, 2003. We've followed this since Lemieux bought the team in 1999. We've followed this since Baldwin turned down a new arena deal in the mid 1990s. With all due respect, I think we have a bit more complete information regarding Plan B. And, when I say "we" I mean the collective we -- primarily Draftnik and CP2, who have experience with such dealings.
So, while you claim to come here in peace, you certainly are refuting and ignoring a whole bunch of information thrown your way. Once you reach that point -- and you already have -- you will lose respect and won't regain it. It's quite simple. Unless you come up with hard proof for your opinions and actaully realize that what is being told to you is FACT, not opinion, you will likely be ignored or responded to with sarcasm. If you truely want information, I suggest you figure out a better way to communicate with the people on this board.