No word whether Spirit, True North are in negotiations

It is unclear this morning if the Thrashers have been granted  permission by the NHL to begin negotiations with True North Sports and Entertainment, the entity that would purchase the franchise and move it to Winnipeg, or if those talks have already begun.

However, it does appear the situation is headed in that direction. All attempts to find a buyer with the intention – and wherewithal – to keep the franchise in Atlanta have not moved past the preliminary stage. After signing a non-disclosure agreement for an initial look at team financial records, a prospective buyer must provide proof of the financial assets to complete a sale. No interested party has done so to this point. Time is running out.

As I was told and reported this week, things could move quickly in regard to a sale and relocation. Although, contrary to reports, it won’t get done by this weekend.

There is also no timetable on the possible completion of a deal with True North. It is also not known if such an agreement could be reached in time for next season. The structure for a deal could be in place as True North had first hoped to acquire the Phoenix Coyotes, owned by the NHL, until a resolution was reached to kept the team in Arizona for another season earlier this week. The Glendale City Council voted to pay $25 million to the NHL for operating expenses to keep the team at least for next season.

NHL bylaws require that an owner seeking to relocate a team submit a written application to the commissioner by Jan. 1 of the year preceding the proposed move — “unless a majority of the [clubs] consents to a later filing date.” That clause and caveat leave open the question of whether a move, if a deal is reached, would be for the 2011-12 or 2012-13 season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking on NHL Live radio Thursday, said the situation in Phoenix differs from Atlanta.

“With respect to any other franchise, it comes down to ownership,” Bettman said. “It’s the reason we ended up leaving Quebec City and Winnipeg. Those teams moved when nobody wanted to own the club there anymore. If you get to that position, where somebody is not prepared to own the club anymore and you can’t find a new perspective purchaser, then you are really between a rock and a hard place.

“We know that the current ownership of the Thrashers has been trying for a long period of time to try and sell the franchise and they haven’t been able to do it. … If they can’t find local ownership, then we might all have to deal with that. But I know they have tried very hard and I assume that they continue to try very hard.”

Bettman echoed deputy commissioner Bill Daly’s statements to the AJC’s Jeff Schultz earlier in the day and would not guarantee that the Thrashers would be in Atlanta next season. Bettman said questions about the team’s future were not his to answer and referred them to team ownership.

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southoftheborder

May 14th, 2011
4:18 pm

@Ben – Standards of truth in journalism are MUCH higher in Canada. They don’t even let Fox News up there for that very reason. That being said, TNSE and Thomson in particular are very closed off. Thomson is one of the richest men in the world yet he is not a publicity hound like a Donald Trump

@G52 – its amusing how you have taken your hate to different sites all over north america now.

Cornbread

May 14th, 2011
4:20 pm

teddybaxter likes to point to the Canadian media’s story that the NHL can be succesful in the Peg because TNSE owns the arena and operating revenues of the MTS Center that could offset any hockey losses.

Guess what Peggers, the same thing is occuring in Atlanta with the sorry ASG. They are not losing money in spite of running the Thrashers into the ground. And, I would not put it past these clowns if they cooked the books to make the hockey operations look worse than they really are.

Interesting that MTS is now top 10 in North America in revenues – more cooking of the books? I know they do well and are typically in or around the top 20. BUT, Phillips Arena IS always around – as they ar now – Number 2 in North America and Number 5 in the entire World! Come on now Peggers do you really believe ASG is losing tons of money?

Thrash Fan

May 14th, 2011
4:52 pm

An accurate answer to the only question that matters: http://www.DidTheThrashersMoveToWinnipegYet.com/

AYF4

May 14th, 2011
4:54 pm

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AYF4

May 14th, 2011
4:55 pm

Thanks guys, for taking rdrunner from us. He nearly had a melt down when I called his lovely Winnipeg a Frozen Craphole and the nickname went viral.

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
5:09 pm

AYF too.. Boy this place went to crap in a HURRY..

too many on the ICE

May 14th, 2011
5:12 pm

Maybe Atlanta should get the Maple Leafs…they haven’t done anything in the history of their franchise

ben

May 14th, 2011
5:14 pm

Thanks for clearing up journalistic standards. But why do local buyers not exist on 1 report, but do on another report? If a move is happening SOON why does ESPN refute the story? I’ll agree, however reluctantly, that there are better markets for hockey than a city where no one wants to go downtown, but is Winnepeg the best one? Southern Ont., Seattle, KC, Indy all come to mind. Also that Charles Wang even said he’s trying to move his team. As far as I know there’s no hard fast rule stating that cup winners must stay where they are, it’s just tradition. But the research I’ve seen indecates the Isles are in more of a longterm pickle with their market than the Thrash are. You could even throw the Devs in. I mean if they keep losing like that. I mean, honestly, I see a a dier situation for the Devs if they don’t get right on back to their winning ways.

So, to have the Thrashers singled out as this 1 troubled team is crazy.

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
5:22 pm

The Thrashers are merely the latest victim in the vultures sights.. Fact of the matter is the NHL is not limited to previously failed markets should relocation be considered.. There are REAL big league cities with actual NHL quality venues to consider.. Really a tiny village with an AHL size facility has no chance..

Wienerpeg Trolls

May 14th, 2011
5:46 pm

How ironic is it that a troll from another city (Wienerpeg) says something to someone also not from Atlanta about posting on these blogs? You arrogant trolls think you own hockey, you think you own an NHL team already, and now you think you own the blogs on an Atlanta newspaper. I’ve never been so bored as to have to even look at a Wienerpeg blog, if there is such a thing. Stay warm up there trolls.

Sully

May 14th, 2011
5:47 pm

This is for you dopes who told me I have no clue what I’m talking about…here’s my persdoanl UYOURS card…enjoy, from today’s Toronto Sun (where they’ve forgotten abot more hockey than you’ll ever know)
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Two days into the Atlanta Thrashers watch, and it’s been hard to find one reason to believe the NHL’s latest hotspot franchise won’t just burn right up and move, like the Flames before it.

First, NHL brass acknowledges it can’t guarantee the Thrashers will be in Georgia next season.

Normally, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly talk around questions like that.

Scribes in Atlanta, while calling for the NHL to fight for the team the way it did for the Phoenix Coyotes, say it’s all but over. One said Friday he’s 95% sure the Thrashers are moving to the ’Peg.

But the most telling comments I’ve seen came from one of the Thrashers owners, Bruce Levenson, who talked to an Atlanta TV crew before the Hawks/Chicago Bulls game, Thursday night.

A few things about Levenson’s interview stood out.

One, when he was asked if the solution — finding a buyer to keep the team in Atlanta — was any closer than it was two months ago.

“I don’t think so, no,” Levenson said.

Two, when he was asked about the possibility he and his partners could hang in there another year while they look for a buyer.

“That’s a scenario we haven’t even thought about it,” was his mind-boggling reply, apparently contradicting the suggestion Daly made the same day, when he suggested another year for the same owners, in the same place, was possible.

And last, but certainly not least, Levenson was asked what he’d say to fans wondering where the whole thing stands.

“If you know anybody who’s interested, have them get in touch with us,” he said.

Not, “Hang in there, we’re doing everything we can.” Not, “Keep the faith.” Not, “Buy your season tickets to help us out.”

Instead, Levenson wondered aloud if there was a billionaire in the cheap seats who might have an extra $110 million in his jeans that he wouldn’t mind spending, between beers and hot dogs, to keep hockey in Hot-lanta.

He looked and sounded like an owner who’s given up.

Add it all up, and things look pretty bleak for fans down there, pretty bright for folks up here, at least the ones ready to buy back into the bigs.

Unless, that is, you believe in mystery buyers like “The Balkan,” an unidentified saviour reported in certain Atlanta circles as willing to buy the Thrashers, Hawks and Phillips Arena and keep them all right where they are.

Seems to me there’s about as much chance of that guy existing as a balcony billionaire in torn jeans with cash falling out of his pockets.

Of course, the other side will tell you they’re already charging credit cards for Thrashers season-ticket payments, that the Manitoba Moose started selling next season a week ago and that the Carolina Hurricanes scheduled an exhibition game against Atlanta for Sept. 25, in Charlotte, N.C..

But those are all just details, payable today, refundable tomorrow.

Yes, it’s getting awfully late to relocate an NHL franchise, maybe an AHL one, too, for next season.

I don’t pretend to know which way this one’s going to go, any more than I know which way Phoenix will go.

But I will interrupt the hysteria to offer a dash of sober, second thought.

As thrilled as most of us will be with the return of big-league hockey to our soggy burg, does it really have to be the Coyotes or Thrashers?

I mean, these two franchises have thinner histories than Tweet Deck.

Between the two of them, they’ve missed the playoffs 17 of their last 22 seasons.

Neither has won even a single playoff series, Atlanta not a solitary playoff game.

Why can’t the Sharks or Lightning be on the move, instead?

Then again, given the sorry recent history of the Blue Bombers, and before that the Jets, the Thrashers would fit right in.

EA

May 14th, 2011
5:48 pm

Bottom line, attendance is the problem. Those who decided to boycott due to their feelings about the owners and/or losing seasons which are very justified on both fronts have left us in this situation. If we keep the team for a year, attendance will the key to keeping it here long term. Those who attended to support the TEAM, can’t do anymore.

Sully

May 14th, 2011
5:49 pm

That was supposed to say PERSONAL UP YOURS Card, the keys stuck.

southoftheborder

May 14th, 2011
6:13 pm

Ben,

The thing is that the sale is not being done out in the open. So different writers are talkign to different people and lets be honest its ripe for speculation. Also, if someone wanted to buy and move the team they would be best served keeping everything on the downlow. After what happened with Jim Ballsille people have learned you got to play nice with the Gary Bettman and do what he says. So TNSE has to play by his rules.

You are right about the Islanders but they have an issue on the ballot this summer to build a new arena. If the issue doesn’t pass look for them to jump to the top of the list of movable franchises. NJ just built a new arena for the Devils and you are seeing a lot of the same dynamic with Glendale is that the NHL doesn’t want to move out of an arena just after it was built because they won’t be able to get a city to build them an arena if they move just after building one. The difference with your arena is that it was built for 2 teams and your other team isn’t going anywhere. AZ (which has to be in the running for America’s stupidest state) built jobing.com arena for just hockey while the Suns play in another arena 15 miles away. So moving your team won’t look as bad to Long Island voters as moving the Coyotes. As for why Winnipeg is at the top of the list, I agree Southern Ontario should be first but its all upto Bettman. He was the one who brought up Winnipeg when the Coyotes situation first came up. Also with So Ontario you have the Sabres who will be hurt by it. KC I am not sure about since they didn’t draw when had a preseason game last year (the Islanders were playing and it was supposedly an audition for the market). Seattle doesn’t have an arena or any plans for one. Portland its all upto Paul Allen. He made a bid for the Penguins when they were in bankruptcy that didn’t go anywhere.

Lastly, why you are being singled out is that you have motivated sellers who don’t really care if the team stays or not. Also, as I alluded to earlier you are one of 10 teams where you share an arena with and NBA team (not including NJ because thats only temporary) so the NHL wouldn’t have the black eye of leaving a city with a white elephant.

Tfir

May 14th, 2011
6:29 pm

@ Blue

I absolutly feel your pain. I was 11 years old when they moved my Jets out of Winnipeg. I had been to damn near every game since I was 6, my family had season tickets and I wanted nothing more than to be the next Khabby.

I hate all the name calling and resentment that this has started between hockey fans in various cities and I wish that there was a way that we could have our team back without somone loosing theirs becuase I know exactly how it feels.

scott

May 14th, 2011
6:37 pm

Im in Winnipeg and Im waiting for the thrashers to relocate. But at the same time we know what your going through and we all agree that bettman and daly need to be fired!!! But you need to find buyers to keep your team thats what matters and its been for sale for over a year with no takers.

Mike Wagner

May 14th, 2011
6:56 pm

I feel badly for the loyal fans too. And it’s definitely all about owners. It’d be easy to point out that a previous NHL franchise left your town, but for those who can remember.. Norm Green had a big hand in moving that team to Calgary (nothing against that city). And I was living in Mpls/St. Paul in 1993 when he owned the North Stars.. a rebounding franchise on the rise.. and he stole them from the Twin Cities and planted them in Dallas. The NHL does seem to have the power to block moves.. St. Louis to Saskatoon (yes really) back in the 80’s but if the Winnipeg offer is valid, and it seems to be, then I’d be shocked if the NHL blocked the move. And nothing against Winnipeg either. This is a different time than 1995. The potential owner is loaded and has waited patiently. I’m surprised the league has wasted so much effort on Phoenix though. Their only bonified offer at that moment has the taxpayers forking over cash to help a potential new owner step in. That doesn’t seem right either. Best of luck with your team.

ben

May 14th, 2011
7:03 pm

@southoftheborder,

this arena is 12 years old and was built for hockey. it isn’t as though it’s a dinosaur. the thrashers were fine at the gate until hossa left. this town, famous as “looserville” does not support loosing at all. If the thrashers leave, going to ‘Peg is just going to move them again in 20-25 years. this league has always had trouble in its non-traditional cities which are honestly cities outside of toronto and montreal and maybe ottawa. but if one looks at the history the norris family floated this team for years, it competed w/ the old whl, the ahl, the wha, and possibly the ihl for major status through its history.

the ballooning salaries and lack of year-in, year-out front burner status in a lot of markets mean that the nhl’s economic system is broken and has been for years. Long-term, maybe the Thrashers should move. This isn’t a public trust, after all. But, Winnepeg will in the long-run just be one of many stops.

Too, I don’t believe the ASG when it says that they have been losing money only or even mostly on the Thrashers. I also don’t believe they could sell the Thrash and keep the Hawks. Hockey could work here, to the extent it works outside of eastern Canada, but not with these owners, and maybe not with a downtown arena.

I love hockey, but hjave grown to hate all the negativeity associated with this team on this board through the years. If the Thrashers leave, I want an AHL team to go and watch and then maybe as the area keeps growing they put a new NHL team in the core burbs. But to think that tthis solves anything by moving this team to Winnepeg is nuts.

illputitoncspan

May 14th, 2011
7:40 pm

It’s kind of funny that when the original plans to build Phillips Arena called for it to be built around the top end of the perimeter there were many people with the city , county and business community who complained that it had to be built downtown. They said if it was built outside the city it would kill downtown. Now that this city’s hockey team is on the verge of leaving where are all those people?… Where are all the cries? You now hear nothing from those very same people. Where is the Chamber? Where is the ACVB? The only reason the mayor said anything about it is because he was asked. And no, I don’t think for a second that the city should give a penny to this team or the NHL. But now these people can’t even be bothered to speak up. Brutal!!!

illputitoncspan

May 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

Oh, my bad. I forgot the Atlanta Sports Council. Where is Gary Stokan? That guy is paid over $500,000 a year (fact) and he can’t be bothered to speak up. Unbelievable!!!

marty

May 14th, 2011
8:11 pm

It’s spelled ‘lose’ and ‘losing’.. not LOOSE. You win or lose a game. Your pants are tight or loose.

too many on the ICE

May 14th, 2011
8:48 pm

Anyone see D-Wad? He must be getting ready for his next promotion.

southoftheborder

May 14th, 2011
8:49 pm

Ben – What I was saying about Philips is that it was built for basketball AND hockey, not just hockey like Jobing.com or some of the others. So if the NHL leaves Atlanta it won’t compromise efforts to get arenas built as much as leaving AZ will. For example in August, Nassau County NY will vote on a new arena for the Islanders. This will be an extremely heated debate because there are more problems with the Islanders than just the arena, but arena opponents could point to AZ and go “look they built a new arena for the Coyotes and they left after 8 years”. Don’t get me wrong I think AZ should lose their team before you do because they can’t even sell out for a playoff team.

southoftheborder

May 14th, 2011
9:07 pm

G52 – stay at the kids table (i.e. the AZ Central boards) there is a grown up discussion going on here.

ben

May 14th, 2011
9:09 pm

at southoftheborder,

yes it has two tennants, but turner built it for hockey. I think hockey of some sort will be back in it after a while. And I would love see that. If I were in Long Island I would vote no for the exact reason + what’ll go on with the Devs if they don’t shape it up + plus here. This relocation agnst is in reality a league-wide issue which won’t go away until the major Canadian markets get yearly cup WINNERS.

fraserwoodflyer

May 14th, 2011
9:43 pm

Downtown, if the team moves to Winnipeg, the HOCKEY market will increase by about 100-1000 x’s what it is in Atlanta. What good is an untapped market that will always be untapped? Was with the Flames and again with the Thrashers. Hockey is a part of life in Winnipeg. Sucks for Atlanta but the market just isn’t there for the pro game.

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
10:32 pm

No news from TNSE.. How shocking..

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
10:48 pm

“they can’t even sell out for a playoff team.”

Phoenix sells out ALL playoff games, unlike the loserpeg jokes that hold the low attendance RECORD for the modern era with 8500 fans at a Stanley Cup playoff game..

illputitoncspan

May 14th, 2011
10:53 pm

Ben, not sure if the arena was built for hockey. Regardless, it was one of the early of many mistakes/gimmicks from the two organizations (Turner/ASG). The arena blows – and that is being kind. Putting all the suites on one side of the arena was a huge mistake. The atmosphere sucks. They also did a great job of pricing out the joe average fan they needed to build a fan base. Brilliant!!!

And with all due respect, once the Thrashers leave there will not be another hockey team (not professional) that will ever play there. They will play at Gwinnett. No reason for a minor league team to go downtown.

illputitoncspan

May 14th, 2011
10:57 pm

If the Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg it will happen this week. No way Bettman lets it happen during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Brendan

May 14th, 2011
10:59 pm

Congrats to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have now won 8 in-a-row, in these 2011 playoffs. Pretty impressive.

litz

May 14th, 2011
11:08 pm

So …. back to The Balkan (isn’t guessing stuff fun?) …

‘nother tweet today, this time for Jay Clemons : “never hard of a 72-year-old man say “chill-lax” before … strange.”

So … cue the list of 72 year olds on the Forbes 400 :

9 Charles Koch 19.0b Wichita, KS manufacturing, energy
20 Carl Icahn 12.0b New York, NY leveraged buyouts
20 John Mars 12.0b Arlington, VA candy, pet food
105 Donald Schneider 3.5b Green Bay, WI trucking
227 T Denny Sanford 2.0b Sioux Falls, SD Banking, credit cards
262 George Lindemann & family 1.8b Palm Beach, FL investments
301 James Kim & family 1.6b Bryn Mawr, PA microchips
301 Drayton McLane Jr 1.6b Temple, TX Wal-Mart, logistics
321 Edmund Ansin 1.5b Miami Beach, FL Sunbeam Broadcasting
355 Richard Egan 1.4b Hopkinton, MA EMC Corp
377 Norma Lerner 1.3b Cleveland, OH inheritance

OHL

May 14th, 2011
11:08 pm

How do the Gladiators draw down there? You will pick up a minor league team if you are strong enough. Sorry Atlanta, but enjoy the Hawks. Maybe with the Thrashers leaving you can add a key player that will put the Hawks to the next level instead of losing money on the Thrashers. That said, potential can only be potential for so long before it is no longer potential. So you can’t say anymore that you have the potential to be a great market. Blame anyone you want but if you can’t put butts in seats it ain’t gonna happen. I’ve read everything from bad management to boycotts are the problem, but when you are bottom in attendance year in and year out it’s only a matter of time.

litz

May 14th, 2011
11:11 pm

Jeez, I can’t type …

Jay Clemons tweet was : “never heard a 72-year-old man say “chill-lax” before … strange.”

ben

May 14th, 2011
11:14 pm

the reports i’ve seen says something will have to be put in writing by mid / late may as that’s when the sked gets hammered out. i’ve also seen reports that clubs have tro consider offers to keep the club local FIRST.

Also Phillips was built as a condition per NHL for the Thrashers coming here. I really feel that if / when the Thrashers leave, we’ll get some kind of Hockey tennant in Phillips. I also have seen the NHL do this a lot. I’ll bet the NHL buys this team and gets a fund guy to buy it in a year or two. OR Atlanta gets an AHL team or a relocated NHL team.

OHL

May 14th, 2011
11:22 pm

If the Thrashers leave who will relocate to Atlanta? Unfortunately the IHL ain’t what it used to be and the AHL will only go to TX/OK. Reported today that decision will come in 3 weeks per HNIC.

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
11:28 pm

If the Thrashers relocate the VERY LAST place they will end up is in a tiny already failed cluster of igloos inhabited my snow monkeys..

Sean

May 14th, 2011
11:32 pm

“How do the Gladiators draw down there? ”

Good question and wish I knew the answer to it. Atlanta supported the Knights when they were in town before moving to Quebec.

Fraserwoodflyer

May 14th, 2011
11:32 pm

FYI G52: You could buy LOWER LEVEL seats the DAY OF both of their play-off games! If not for 4-6,000 Detroit fans at each of the games they would not have been close. If you can’t support a competitive (PHX has been past two years), then so much for the “if the team wins the fans will come” theory. And this was with their opportunity to show a potential owner what a great market it was. That arena is more deserted than the Arizona desert during the regular season, have been there twice, last time got row 9 blueline for $35! Pretty sweet, except if you own the team. Sure they have 5-10,000 hard core hockey fans, just not nearly enough. In Winnipeg people live, play, eat, sleep, breath the sport. Maybe like Georgians do Football? Though the Falcons have received merely bandwagon support over the years. Maybe its just a college town, definitely not a sports town. Sorry, hate all you want, Winnipeg is just better.

ben

May 14th, 2011
11:32 pm

@OHL,

I meant in the future. Relocation in the future. The Thrasher’s main problem always was / is they are an expansion team which was run into the ground and people didn’t want to pay NHL prices for an AHL product. There are almost 6,000,000 in this area. If you give them something worth coming out to see and put in a safe area you’d get your sellouts.

Relocation:

no specifics but i promise if a third of the league is in trouble, pick one. also, how are the Hawks? What happens when they are the sole tennant? That’s why there might be nothing to this or ASG gets the Moose.

G52PIM228

May 14th, 2011
11:36 pm

Loserpeg is aJOKE that forced their NHL team out of town by REFUSING to build an adequate facility so instead of building an NHL facility to try to get a team back, you funking MORONS build a 15,000 seat AHL arena and call it good enough.. EPIC FAIL..

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12:07 am

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Fraserwoodflyer

May 15th, 2011
12:25 am

Oh G52, never mind, you’re one “those”. Not gonna waste my time with you anymore. Your comments speak for themselves. Not enough hugs as a kid huh? I’m sure you could just run upstairs and your mom will give you a nice big one. Sorry to hear about your inferiority complex, I’ll leave you alone.

G52PIM228

May 15th, 2011
12:42 am

That’s sweet Fraser but it is the mindless brain dead jets zealots that NEED your pity..

G52PIM228

May 15th, 2011
12:49 am

“those”.

“Those” is somebody not brainwashed by the moron Darren Fraud..

GoBruinsGo

May 15th, 2011
1:04 am

Wow G52, you really are a moron, huh?
Let me enlighten you on why NHL can work in Atl, why it will work in Wpg, and why it will likely fail in Phx. This might take a few sentences and I will use big words, so get help from an adult and take potty breaks, okay?
First, Atlanta. With competent and dedicated management, there is no way that the NHL should fail in the 8th largest US market. The NHL knows that, and if the Thrash leave, the NHL will eventually return. However, gate revenue may not be enough, and the team might need to own the arena, parking, concessions, etc. Contrary to popular news reporting AS does not own the rink, they only manage it. To my knowledge, only the following teams own the arenas they play in: Toronto Boston Vancouver Philadelphia Washington Rangers Los Angeles Chicago Montreal Colorado Tampa Bay Ottawa. That’s a relatively stable bunch, I would say.
Still with me, braniac? Now, Winnipeg. I’m going to do some math, so your head will hurt. You keep moaning about the 15000 seat MTS Center. I’m not sure I could explain the concept of supply and demand to you, so you’ll have to accept that a Winnipeger will gladly pay twice as much to see a hockey game compared go an Arizonian. Same idea as a Texan willing to pay more to see football game then, say, a German. It’s just that way. So $100 X 15000 = $1.5M, while $50 X 20000 = $1.0M. You get that, right. Oh, also, Winnipeg would join the list above, since TNSE owns the MTS Center. More revenue with parking, beer, popcorn, etc. By the way, that was not the case with the Jets.
Finally, Phoenix. This is just a matter of economics. You do realize that, right? The Yotes are not on the arena-ownership list above, and they are not generating revenue at the gate. The only viable business model is subsidization, which the tax base will not accept as a permanent solution. The NHL knows this, which is why they locked for a 10-year option.
I know, you’re still very confused, but the other children will explain it to you.

G52PIM228

May 15th, 2011
1:11 am

That is an interesting post but the proof is in the pudding and there is no team in tiny loserpeg, and there NEVER will be..

G52PIM228

May 15th, 2011
1:13 am

Bruins, I HATE to break it to ya but ALL the Canadian small market teams lose money, you MORONS thinking the NHL is going to to add another is as ignorant as it is funny..

Wimps_ca

May 15th, 2011
1:22 am

G52, instead of being a childish buffoon, if you want to do something constructive channel your efforts to sell tickets instead of being a useless trashing troll.

Nobody in the ‘peg wants to profit at Atlanta’s expense, most of us know the pain of having the loss of YOUR team.

Taking shots at the ‘peg shows your immaturity, and by the way, the Calgary Flames are a huge financial success after the Canuck dollar quit being the Cdn peso.
I want an expansion team for the’peg, but it is up to YOU to buy tickets and keep the team, DON’T BLAIM THE ‘PEG IF FANS DON’T SHOW UP.

GoBruinsGo

May 15th, 2011
1:27 am

G52, I’m not sure you grasp basic economics. Sleep well!