Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Viva Las Penguins

Las Vegas is one of three cities interested in talking to the team after Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle sent a letter to Gov. Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Monday declaring an impasse in negotiations and saying they would "aggressively" consider relocation.
Call me crazy, but I think that Las Vegas is going to make an excellent pro sports market for whoever decides to jump into that pool first (at least in terms of revenue stream). It's at least moderately interesting that the Penguins' representatives are considering Sin City to the point that they're willing to travel there to meet with officials.

Besides, it's not as if the ridiculous gambling that goes on with professional football has anything to do with where the NFL's teams are situated. The stigma on Las Vegas is unwarranted — although the recent shenanigans that went on during the NBA all-star game are certainly troubling.

Who bets on hockey anyway?

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At 2:37 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger Conrad said...

Doesn't it depend on which of season ticket sales and corporate box sales are more important to a franchise? The former might be low because of the competition for entertainment and that tourists won't buy season's tickets. The latter might be high because casinos and businesses holding conventions in Las Vegas would buy up boxes and give away tickets as prizes.

Most importantly of all: they'd have to rename the team. Penguins in the desert is just stupid. Like the Memphis Grizzlies.

At 3:01 p.m., March 07, 2007, Blogger Jeff Crump said...

Should make life easier for Rick Tocchet and Janet Gretzky, at least.

At 4:45 p.m., March 07, 2007, Anonymous ken said...


Anyway, there already has been a pro sports team in that city: The Las Vegas Posse of the CFL.

There are great reasons why the NFL, MLB and the NBA don't consider Las Vegas an option.

For the NHL to do so, they either have terrific insight that the other leagues lack, or they're utterly desperate.

At 12:13 a.m., March 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be involved in a meeting set to occur Thursday, he apparently had been involved in some other talks before the impasse was declared.

The Pittsburgh Penguins belong in the City of Pittsburgh.

Look at the fan base we have, what fans can the other cities guarantee them? KC has already failed with a hockey team. It doesn't matter how sweet their deal is, are they going to have fans?

Hoping for the best!!!


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