Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bettman: New arena or 'no question' Pens will go

"We never want to move a franchise, but the team's lease expires in a year and if there's no new building, there's no way this club can have any future in Pittsburgh," Bettman said during a radio interview with Penguins announcer Paul Steigerwald on Wednesday in New York.

Bettman has put the cards on the table. The NHL, yes it may be greed, wants to the Penguins to play in a new arena with the additional revenue such an arena would generate.

Remember, this is not a professional sports franchise holding a city hostage. The Pens simply want the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to fairly consider their slots parlor license proposal, which includes a new arena, not just for the Penguins, but for the city. The Penguins are up against a real gaming heavyweight, Harrah's Entertainment.

KC is one of the cities to which the Penguins may move.

This blog was set up to follow what is unfolding. Whether the Pens move, and whether KC is the city of choice, will break in this calendar year.

I will continue to follow it closely, provide links and try to keep you up-to-date.

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