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01-28-2013, 11:52 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Using tax payers money to pay for a stadium isn't the best way of spending money.
The owners in Calgary will push for it, but the city should just stand strong. What can the owners do? Threaten to move? Where to? They wont be able to move their franchise to another Canadian city. The NHL are saving what Canadian cities they have left for the expensive expansion fees. They will not be able to find a suitable market in the US that will blindly support their hockey team. The city should call their bluff if they try to bully them for tax payer money. The only reason the owners will ask for funding is because they feel they can get it, not because they need it. They don't need it and they would be able to do it on their own. I don't blame them for trying, but the city should just say no.
I don't have any facts to fall back on. What I seem to notice is that when tax payer money is used to help a private company build big projects, the cost over runs are insane. And it appears that when a big project is strictly privately funded, the over runs are at a manageable level. Once they start building **** with tax payer money, they have the city by the balls and it has to get done no matter the cost.
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