Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik is privately funding a revolutionary, $5 million high definition (HD), center-hung video display system that will be installed into the Tampa Bay Times Forum before the start of the 2012-13 Lightning regular season. The system, developed by renowned industry-leader, Daktronics, will feature the largest high definition center-hung video displays in any U.S. or Canadian arena. It will include a state-of-the-art control room, and allow for a true high definition signal with 1,296 lines of resolution.
Vinik just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into a financial hole!
Yes he must be running out of money and has little or no assets (NHL, Area Football, part of the Red Sox, Hedge fund, not worth much), why else would he need partners to buy channel side. After giving ways $50K for each of the next 164 home games he may not renew it. Must down to only $500m.
FYI one of the reasons its being replaced is because nobody can work on it. The company that made the old one basically went out of business after completing it, and it has some temperature issues that cause the video to either leave big black pixels or have video "stick" and not render properly. Can't have that thing die in the middle of a game next year.