Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/06 at 02:24 PM ET
The region's two chief political figures stood together on Friday morning, urging the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins to commit to an alternative form of funding for a new $290 million arena. But the Penguins have not responded to a letter from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week that asked the team to commit to an alternative plan. A team spokesman did not immediately return a call Friday requesting comment. Applications are in from three consortiums bidding to win a gaming license to operate a stand-alone slots casino in Pittsburgh. The license could be awarded by a state gaming commission before the end of the year. Concurrently, the Penguins are in negotiations with numerous ownership groups, one of which could move the team to Kansas City, where a new arena is ready and available.continued
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