How thin? Owner Neil Smith has taken to the press--and the team's website:
On Monday, April 6th you wrote an editorial in your newspaper stating the following:
"And although Neil Smith, the Chiefs' majority owner, has not been involved publicly with the latest arena dealings, he has indicated he might be willing to keep the team in town for yet another season in the hopes of working something out for the team's long-term future here."
Until now I have not "indicated" any willingness to do anything with regards to the future of the Johnstown Chiefs.
However, as a result of the County's decisions to ignore the independent economic feasibility study which they authorized and paid for, cease negotiations with the management of the Chiefs, and to continue to operate the CCWMA themselves, I am left with no alternative but to examine all options for the future of the Chiefs in Johnstown. These Cambria County decisions have taken away any hope that the Chiefs can survive economically in Johnstown.
Unfortunately, my options include selling the team, moving the team, or terminating the membership in the ECHL.
Last edited by AceFace905: 04-08-2009 at 07:54 PM.
Reason: forgot link!
good news. they're staying another year and have found another source of revenue.
Johnstown Chiefs staying under new arena deal
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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Johnstown Chiefs minor league hockey team is staying in the western Pennsylvania city for another season under a new arena deal with the team's ownership.
The Chiefs play in the ECHL and are owned by Roustan United, which has agreed to the lease extension at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
A consultant has recommended the county commissioners turn over management to the arena to a private firm. The county will continue to pursue a private manager, but that won't affect the team's lease.
The team will receive 50 percent of the arena's concession revenues for the first time under the new one-year extension. The consultant found concession revenues for the last full season, 2007-2008, were almost $300,000.