OT: NBA Sacramento sale moves along
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01-26-2013, 03:40 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hartford, CT
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Maloofs have been, in essence, begging for a replacement for what is now known as Sleep Train Arena, PF, ever since leaving Kansas City and the now outdated Kemper Arena back in 1985....
Answer this question: how is this any different from what the 3 relocations did in the mid 1990s to XL/Hartford Civic Center when Karmanos elected to quit waiting for the State of Connecticut and its Development Authority to replace said facility (1994); the sale of the original Jets(now the Coyotes), (1995), or Aubut vs. Ottawa over replacement of the Colisee which necessitated the sale of the Nordiques to COMSAT/Stan Kroenke to become the Avalanche (1996); Can we say that no fan, whether you agreed w/ those decisions or not, could blame any of those ownership decisions on those owners.
We actually could considering in the Whalers case Rowland and the state came to an agreement for a new arena, but Karmanos kept moving the goalpost because he NEVER had the intention of staying. He wanted all concessions, parking and the state to pay him $50 mil for owning the team while the arena would be built. On top of that he broke the lease a year early and ended up playing out the Hurricanes first 2 years in Greensboro in front of some of the most sparse crowds seen in NHL history.
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