Zscout wrote:Pitt isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going anywhere.
Of course not. They're financially stable. They have the taxpayers to thank for that. They're a pubicly funded institution.
Zscout wrote:The Penguins are a failing franchise with a questionable ownership and franchise troubles.
Well, lets remove the questional ownership characterization. I've heard nothing negative about the character or business accumen of this ownership group. I think that's a bit of a stretch.
But lets talk about the finances for a second. When you work the numbers, they have a pretty attractive franchise IN A NEW BARN. Blaming the Pens for the projected $7 million loss this year (and that estimate was before figuring in Palffy, Mario, T-BO, Lyle...et al...) is a bit disingenuous.
The Pens lost money because they didn't 1) build a new Arena themselves or 2) Leave the city. There's little doubt they'd have been profitable in a new Barn. Are you saying the lack of public support on the order of what the Pirates and Steelers got on their respective deals isn't a factor?
Zscout wrote:Blaming Pitt for the Penguins woes is ludicrous.
Maybe so, but don't let the fact that you're a Pitt fan cloud your judgement. It's no different than blaming the Pirates and Steelers for the Pens woes.
I think Draftniks original title detracted from the basis of the issue. That not only did the Taxpayers step up for the Pirates and Steelers, they also stepped up for the Panthers.
It seems the only ones that this town refuses to step up for is the Pens (And the Ironic thing about it is that this is the one deal that if they don't find a solution for - will hurt them the worst). By that I mean the fact that this one involves a multi-purpose venue. That all the work they've done to attract outside conventions will be tainted by the fact they have no where to assemble all of those people if a new Arena isn't built. ( and don't even start pointing to a building that's older than nearly every poster on this board)