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Report- A New Owner For The Florida Panthers In The Next Few Weeks

from Josh Kosman of the New York Post,

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman is about to put out another fire, the Post has learned.

A buyer for the money-losing Florida Panthers has been found and a deal should be announced within the next few weeks, two sources close to the situation said.

“It’s imminent,” one of the sources said.

The buyers are from New York, though their identities could not be immediately confirmed.


added 10:16am,


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I’d love to know who keeps putting up $ to own these franchises that show zero signs of being profitable anytime soon…

Posted by Chris M on 09/18/13 at 10:18 AM ET


Panthers the team don’t make money but the team is part of a larger entity that has the arena rights and does make money. Broward County owns the arena and has a deal with the Panthers entity, which the team is part of to completely run the arena. The team cannot move it has a long lease and the entity, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment would lose the money making rights to control the arena. The team may change owners but not locations. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is a money making machine even if the Panthers games have no one in the arena.

Posted by Puckbubba on 09/18/13 at 10:57 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

I’d love to know who keeps putting up $ to own these franchises that show zero signs of being profitable anytime soon…

There doesn’t really seem to be a shortage of people willing to buy these teams.  It just might be that owning a team isn’t as bad as they made it out to be during the lockout.  As Puckbubba said; the team is just the tentpole of the earning portfolio.  It, specifically, might not make money, but owning it allows you to make money in a lot of other areas and ways.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 09/18/13 at 07:04 PM ET

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