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11-09-2012, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by KevFu View Post
Of course, the main difference between Dallas, Tampa and San Jose (all success stories) and Florida, Phoenix and Atlanta is: their arena leases.

Dallas co-owns their arena. Tampa operates their arena with a cushy lease. San Jose has a very cozy lease.
I'm puzzled by the bolded sentence. I thought Florida had a great lease? Phoenix has had a great lease the past few years too, obviously we'll see what happens with the GJ deal.

As far as Dallas goes, if they're co-owners of the arena, that's actually a clear financial negative in today's NHL, as illustrated by the Devils' financial issues. The best financial deal would have them operate the arena like Pittsburgh or Nashville (or, I assume, Tampa?), but they wouldn't touch ownership with a 10-foot pole.

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