Jasmine wrote::x I have a friend in Las Vegas who has talked to some people from Harrah's out there. They said that if Harrah's gets the slots license in Pittsburgh, they will NOT contribute any money to a new arena because they are building their own new facility in Vegas where they want to attract both the Penguins and an NBA team. Sadly, I believe this to be a fact. We must keep up the fight here!!!!!!!!!!!!
We all due respect, I have a tough time believing this for a number of reasons.
1) No way Harrahs would shoot themselves in the foot by opening a Pittsburgh based business and then P' off a large segment of the population. Not to mention Seriously bad press around the country.
2) No way that the NHL agrees a team in LV this close to the Tochett scandal. Even less of a chance the NHL ever allows a Gambling co. to own a franchise (As SDD and trazzy66 pointed out)
3) Harrahs operates a large Sports book operation, owning an NHL team would mean that they would have to stop taking action on the NHL. Not a likely prospect as would handicap their casinos with respect to Ceasers, Mirage, etc...
As for spi's question about "why wouldn't they buy the Pens now, if they want them so bad..." They couldn't, the contract the Pens have with IoC dictates that if the franchise is sold, the new ownership group MUST keep the Pens here until the license issue is resolved, and if IoC gets the license, it would make no sense to move them.
(Imagine that, Harrahs would buy the Pens now, IoC ends up getting the license and Harrahs operates the team in a city they don't have any opeartions in, in a Barn built by IoC. It just ain't gonna happen.