Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/20/06 at 01:11 PM ET
Follow along by watching the web stream, now live....
added 10:16am, Keep an eye on Lets Go Pens too…
added 10:20am, Well the TV station just went back to regular programming. Thwy will cut back in when the announcemnt comes…
added 10:48am, Meeting is underway, follow the first link to watch via the web… they have some regular business first, then the vote announcement.
update 11:28am, PITG Majestic Star gets the license. Don Barden is the owner.
added 12:04pm, from TSN,
The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins was thrown into further doubt after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded a casino license to Majestic Star Casino.
St. Louis-based Isle of Capri, who had their casino license application rejected, had promised to build a new $290-million arena for the Penguins.
Majestic Star, which is led by Detroit businessman Don Barden, has offered to help pay for an arena by contributing $7.5-million a year for the next 30 years. However, the state and the team would have to contribute money as well under their proposal.
added 12:48pm, Kansas City view of this situation…
added 1:22pm, Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, attempts to figure out what is the next step…
added 2:50pm, Gary Bettman statement…
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced its decision regarding the awarding of a slots license in Pittsburgh:
“The decision by the Gaming Commission was terrible news for the Penguins, their fans and the NHL. The future of this franchise in Pittsburgh is uncertain and the Penguins now will have to explore all other options, including possible relocation. The NHL will support the Penguins in their endeavors.”
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