Friday, April 14, 2006

Hartford Courant says KC ahead of Hartford for NHL

A nice article about KC in the Hartford Courant.

K.C. Has Edge In NHL Pursuit

Nothing really earth shattering in this article.

NHL21 is trying to lure an NHL team to KC. We have a new arena. The luxury boxes are sold out. Kevin Gray says something incoherent.

Blah, blah, blah.

There is a mention of AEG being a powerful force in the NHL because they are already "in the tent", a term that owners use when referring to other owners in the insulated world of professional sports, I guess.

However, is AEG really that big of a boon for KC's arena? Professional sports these days is all about "revenue streams". Teams that own their own arena, or have a sweetheart deal from the local municipality (like Carolina has with Raleigh), are able to succeed. Those that don't have these sweetheart leases, like the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle SuperSonics, are not succeeding and looking to leave their current homes.

Will AEG give another NHL ownership group a "sweetheart deal"? I'm not so sure they will because they will want to recoup their $50 million investment. A favorable lease to a professional sports team, NHL or NBA, may preclude them from quickly doing so.

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