Saturday, March 25, 2006

Thursday, March 30 -- Big Day for KC's NHL future

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will unveil his alternate plan for bringing a new arena to the Pittsburgh area on Thursday.
Gov. Rendell promises to reveal alternate arena plan Thursday
Says proposal will keep Penguins here

As you know, the Penguins have an agreement with Isle of Capri casinos. If Isle of Capri gets the Pittsburgh slots license, the Penguins get a new arena.

If not, they may move.

But, Governor Rendell needs to carry the Pittsburgh vote to win re-election against possible Republican candidate Lynn Swann (yes, that Lynn Swann).

So, Rendell is working very hard to find a way for taxpayers to pay for a new arena.

Could be bad news for KC. Pittsburgh is really the only team in the NHL that is considering relocation.

Mr. Rendell said he believes the plan is good enough to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh even if Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. doesn't win the state license for the city's slot machine casino. Isle of Capri, in partnership with the Penguins, has pledged $290 million toward construction of an arena.

The Penguins, of course, are sticking with their plan.

"No matter what plan anyone comes up with, the Isle of Capri plan is the best one for the region. It provides an arena at no cost to the taxpayers and frees up any other money that otherwise might be targeted for a new arena for other projects," spokesman Tom McMillan said.


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