Of perhaps interest to Brent and some others, Pittsburgh's slots license news is in and the Penguins plan did NOT get the slots license... Bettman released a statement today saying the Pen's future in Pitt is in question now, as did anyone else involved with the Pens on any level...
Of interest yes, but it's not like Winnipeg will do anything about it
Really, we don't have that one big investor or group of investors clamoring for a hockey team, like Kansas City does. We're a good hockey town and the fans are dying for a team but that means nothing in the current NHL. Do I think the team should move to Winnipeg? Sure, because we'll actually have fans at the game that aren't strictly corporate clients or wealthy individuals. We'd actually have real, honest, blue collar people at the game. And we'll pay for the tickets too; no monster promotions or bull**** about attendance at the game based on giveaways or phantom bodies in the seats. I still get seriously angry when I watch highlights of a good hockey game and see maybe half the seats full and that's the lower
bowl. All this league sponsored bull**** about attendance in all arenas of 15K per game is crap. Maybe when Detroit comes to town, but so many of those southern teams play, there's so few fans in the stands, especially when the team isn't winning.
Bah, we won't get a team. I'd rather see the team stay in a good hockey town like Pittsburgh but that may not happen either. Instead it will go somewhere that some millionaire/billionaire needs a plaything/tax writeoff and Bettman will be pleased, never having really understood what hockey or its fans are about. I think the games are being played well and are exciting. I confess I think the shootout is a good idea (for the regular season
). But pushing teams into non-traditional markets isn't really a good idea. I hope KC does as well as Colorado did with their second chance, but I won't be cheering for them.