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CBA Push Comes From Pittsburgh

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are a moderate in the labor war, but they will not break ranks at the Governors’ meeting, sources said. Rather, their contingent will try to establish what owners need to reach an agreement, the sources said.

Crosby also will not break ranks with the players’ union, but his objective over the past week has been to establish common ground among players who have lost trust in NHL ownership and management as a whole, the sources said.

Over the past few weeks, Crosby, Burkle and Lemieux have privately discussed plans to bridge the gap between players and owners. The sources said all three had grown frustrated with the lack of progress.

Crosby and Burkle flew to New York together Monday. Burkle lives in suburban Los Angeles. Crosby’s Los Angeles-based agent, Pat Brisson, also was on the flight, the sources said.


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

You got a quote on any of that? Only thing I’ve seen says “split pretty evenly” and “mirrors ford field and comerica park.”

Sure do:

The proposal would involve significant private investment that would be supplemented by existing money collected by the Downtown Development Authority.


And again with this twisted idea that the money Ilitch is asking for from the city is something he’s entitled to because he owns a lot of things in the area

What’s twisted about investing into a project that’s specifically designed to provide development opportunities in the downtown area (out of money collected from businesses in that area, no less) and then asking to use the pot of money specifically set aside to help fund downtown developments in the building of a downtown development?

Gosh, how dare Ilitch ask for earmarked funds to use specifically for their very own purpose!

instead of asking for corporate welfare just before a city declares bankruptcy, the guy the “thinker” has a man-crush on is really just doing the city a favor by asking for a tiny bit of his own money back.

Your whole problem seems to be with the existence of the DDA here. I get you, but you’ve got a really warped idea of what exactly welfare means.  Do you have a Roth Welfare Account that you contribute to annually?  Your contribution limit is going up next year, so better get in on that welfare and then never use it.

Gosh, it’s a fantastical world where Mike Ilitch is bleeding Detroit dry while Mario “If I don’t get my way, I’m picking up my ball and going home” Lemieux and Ron “Hey, let’s go buy some hookers!” Burkle are the saints in your eyes.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/06/12 at 03:49 PM ET


espouse the philosophy that the NHL owners should do all they can to line their own pockets

I believe that they have that right to pursue that as well. I also have the right to disagree with them when they ask for it and when it doesn’t meet my own narrow self interests. I also don’t believe they have a right to a guaranteed profit, but the right to pursue a profit commensurate with the risk taken.  I also think that not all things that are legal are fair (after all slavery was legal at some point too). So I am entitled to feel strongly against something even though I acknowldege the other party has the legal right.


Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/06/12 at 05:42 PM ET

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