20 December 2006

IOC does not get slots license / Pens Future Uncertain

Hey pens fans,
This is the Statment released by Ken Sawyer on behalf of the Penguins today after Isle of Capri did not get the slots license.

"We congratulate Don Barden and PITG Gaming on their successful bid. Obviously, we are very disappointed that the Isle of Capri was not awarded the slots license. We want to thank them for their effort over the past year, including an unprecedented offer to fully fund construction of a new arena had they received the license.
We also want to thank the dozens of local leaders and thousands of fans and concerned citizens who voiced their support for what they believed was the best plan for our region. Had Isle of Capri been selected, it would have ensured the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh and would have delivered a $1 billion development opportunity to the Lower Hill and Uptown.
At this point, our franchise enters a period of uncertainty, with our lease at Mellon Arena set to expire this summer. We will re-evaluate all of our options before deciding on a course of action and making further comment."

This statement was unsettling, but realistic. Here is Gary Bettman's statement.

“The decision by the Gaming Commission was terrible news for the Penguins, their fans and the NHL. The future of this franchise in Pittsburgh is uncertain and the Penguins now will have to explore all other options, including possible relocation. The NHL will support the Penguins in their endeavors.”

Lemieux previously stated that himself and the ownership group would re-evaluate after today. It seems very uncertain, what will happen.

I have one wish for Chrsitmas and I think all Penguin fanns are thinking the same thing. All I want is for the Pens to stay in Pittsburgh. I guess now all we an do is wait and hope...

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