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by Nicholas Lorenzi on 09/15/11 at 05:11 PM ET
After the 7-3 blowout start against Detroit the Columbus prospects ended the tournament with a 4-3 loss in overtime against St. Louis. For Columbus the star of this tournament came to be Ryan Johansen (3-3-6, 5+/-) who placed second overall coming close behind Phillip McRae (4-3-7, 3+/-) for St. Louis. The Jackets prospects placed fourth which is good enough for me. You don’t expect much after four straight losses last year. Hell, they even ended with more GA than GF this year. 16 GF and 14 GA compared to 8 GF and 23 GA last year.
Our prospects end up coming home to some good news about their team’s security.
The Jackets might not be moving to Oklahoma, Quebec City or Cleveland depending on the Columbus City Council and Franklin County Commissioners. The proposed plan is to dedicate a chunk of the Casino tax revenue Columbus will receive to the purchase of Nationwide Arena. This would secure the Blue Jackets until 2039. Doug Caruso of the Columbus Dispatch writes:
The deal would place in public hands an arena that voters declined to fund through taxes in 1999. Instead, the arena was built by Nationwide. Using the casino tax money to purchase the arena will require a vote of approval by the Columbus City Council and Franklin County commissioners, but no other public vote is required.
Rosenberger and others estimated that Franklin County will take in about $12 million per year in casino tax revenue; and Columbus, $18 million. That’s less than earlier estimates. Under the deal, each would pledge a quarter of its casino revenue for three years to retire the debt and operate the arena starting in 2013, with the percentage rising by 1 percent each year for seven years and topping out at 32 percent in 2022.
Payments would continue through 2039 unless the arena’s 27-year mortgage is paid off early through higher-than-expected casino revenue.
Show me the Casino money! This has been the idea since the Casino was mentioned back when it was being built just down the street from the arena. That plan was abandoned before construction started and was moved to the west side. The empty lots are still there though; it’s a great place for a homeless encampment.
But not everyone is excited about the city dumping its wallet on a privately owned business and feel it should all go elsewhere, like the Columbus City Schools. The people of Columbus are ashamed of the Blue Jackets and would rather see them diminish and disappear. This is arrogant thinking. We get it, you’re all football. You named your daughter Tressel. OSU football is the best thing to ever happen to your life and those “ice skating fairies” that can’t make the playoffs every year are better off dead. Next time you’re at a Jackets game in your Minnesota Vikings jersey and you turn around to ask me what icing is I will start a conversation with you about the impact Nationwide has on the city of Columbus.
If the Jackets did move and Nationwide became a venue for concerts like Metallica and the Blue Man group there wouldn’t be the same traffic being generated. This would take away the most exciting thing in the city and could start us on the path of drinking in the streets and rioting on campus again. I’ll be there, and with my body painted blue, you bet your ass I will.
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