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Florida Panthers seeking public funds to offset losses of $20 million
CBS Sports ^ | January 10. 2014 | Chris Peters

Posted on 01/10/2014 10:01:39 AM PST by C19fan

The Florida Panthers claim they are losing $20 million to $30 million a year while operating out of Broward County's Sunrise, Fla., based BB&T Center. In order to offset those costs, the team hopes to rework its contract with the county in order to collect $70 million in tourism tax revenue to cover the costs the Panthers are paying on their arena.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: nhl; panthers; taxes
I am not sure how this will fly with So FL tax payers as they got hosed by the Miami Marlins. If a business can't make it it should move.
1 posted on 01/10/2014 10:01:39 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Seattle would be HAPPY to take them!!!


2 posted on 01/10/2014 10:04:51 AM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: C19fan

Why should taxpayers subsidize them or anyone else?

You are a business, make your own money


3 posted on 01/10/2014 10:07:17 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Exactly!


4 posted on 01/10/2014 10:09:36 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: C19fan

Obamacare deductibles took all the fans spare cash
Hussein’s fault

If you like your hockey team you can keep your hockey team
Period


5 posted on 01/10/2014 10:09:43 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: GeronL

Fully concur. Billionaire in Edmonton, Alberta wants tax money for a new arena for his hockey team, and we fork out so he can make all the money. Wish I could do that.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 10:09:51 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: C19fan
Florida Panthers seeking public funds to offset losses of $20 million
That's all - $20 Mil? Chump change.
Buffalo Bills owner and multi-millionaire Ralph Wilson has extorted $400 million from NY State taxpayers over the last 10-12 years.
And as a sign of gratitude, the MFer named the stadium after himself, then scheduled one home game a year to be played in Toronto.
7 posted on 01/10/2014 10:19:03 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: C19fan

Why report?

We know who will pay.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 10:27:15 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: C19fan

I’m a New England hockey fan.

It starts with three year olds on ponds, and builds from there.

Why the f*** would anybody who lives in South Florida have a shred of interest in ice hockey?


9 posted on 01/10/2014 10:28:16 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

So would Quebec City or Hamilton


10 posted on 01/10/2014 10:28:50 AM PST by slapshot
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To: C19fan

"I think there's a lot of shysters in Florida."

11 posted on 01/10/2014 10:31:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

Hear! Hear!


12 posted on 01/10/2014 10:31:22 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: C19fan

Kind of sounds like posturing at this point. This team was just purchased by a new owner earlier this year. I think that the major problem with the team is that the local TV and Radio revenue is well below average and that is probably the difference. The team draws pretty well when they are competitive and with all the transplants down here they come close to sellouts when old teams from the north visit.

The arena itself is really top notch and the parking is excellent too (if you drive a Lexus you get free parking, not really sure why). And across the street is Sawgrass Mills with all its’ shopping and restaurants.

The south Florida market is tough on sports teams and owners. They are really fair weather fans down here, as anyone who tuned in a Dolphins game this year on the television could see (20,000 empty seats even when they started 3-0). The Heat are a special example as any team sells out when they are the best attraction in the world at what they do.

I think this is just the opening salvo in a potential move (the Seattle fan above is right that there is real interest there and there’s been talk of Quebec City getting their team back as well as a second team in the Toronto area, so there are options).


13 posted on 01/10/2014 10:33:19 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: C19fan

Maybe they should lower their ticket prices. When Tampa can’t fill seats you can get nosebleeds for $13. nosebleeds were $50 the last time I checked for the Panthers.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 10:36:32 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: C19fan

They should move to an area that gives a %$#@ about ice hockey.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 10:41:59 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Jim Noble

“.Why the f*** would anybody who lives in South Florida have a shred of interest in ice hockey?’

I hear ya!! It’s The Original Six or nothing in my provincial mind.

.


16 posted on 01/10/2014 10:44:02 AM PST by Mears
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To: Jim Noble
Why the f*** would anybody who lives in South Florida have a shred of interest in ice hockey?

Because there are a lot of people who used to live in New England living there?

17 posted on 01/10/2014 10:52:43 AM PST by Ditto
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

We’d be happy for you to have them.


18 posted on 01/10/2014 10:58:46 AM PST by Humvee (Beliefs are more powerful than facts - Paulus Atreides)
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To: C19fan

Here’s one possible answer: No!


19 posted on 01/10/2014 11:18:35 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: LRoggy

“The arena itself is really top notch and the parking is excellent too (if you drive a Lexus you get free parking, not really sure why). And across the street is Sawgrass Mills with all its’ shopping and restaurants.”

Yeah, but we’re talking about attracting hockey fans, not Real Housewives of whatever lame-ass county the Panthers play in.


20 posted on 01/10/2014 11:22:34 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: C19fan

First 2/3 of a billion for an absurd ballpark that’s never more than half full, and now subsidies for a hockey team nobody wants to see.

Had enough yet, South Florida?


21 posted on 01/10/2014 11:37:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ditto
Because there are a lot of people who used to live in New England living there?

And what do you suppose those old geezers down in Florida really miss?
Their own team. A Saturday night game.
What they're lookin' for is a cheap deal on a team.
And since we ain't exactly the Boston Bruins...


22 posted on 01/10/2014 11:39:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator

"Here's to all that gorgeous....

23 posted on 01/10/2014 11:48:38 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Jim Noble
Why the f*** would anybody who lives in South Florida have a shred of interest in ice hockey?

Ideally, to tap into the snowbird population. But this "concept" is not working in Phoenix (Road Runners) either.

24 posted on 01/10/2014 11:52:19 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Jim Noble
Why the f*** would anybody who lives in South Florida have a shred of interest in ice hockey?

Because of the hundreds of thousands (more likely, millions now) of transplants from New England, the NorthEast, Rust Belt and Canada who are hockey fans. (Maybe not fans of the Panthers...)

And because in a free nation, people are free to...

25 posted on 01/10/2014 12:04:00 PM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: C19fan

Seattle would be a good option if they could get an arena. For it to work, there would have to be an NBA team to share the facility.

Portland, OR would also be a good option.The arena is already there and Portland is a very good hockey town. Having only the Blazers as a major sports team in the area is a big plus.


26 posted on 01/10/2014 12:27:34 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Mears

All the northerners who moved there and haven’t become half-backs yet.


27 posted on 01/10/2014 12:50:54 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: C19fan

Welcome to L.A.


28 posted on 01/10/2014 12:53:09 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: C19fan

Close up shop, along with the Western Conference team that’s struggling (Phoenix?) .... Go to four 7-team Divisions and run the schedule the same way in both Conferences — the present unbalanced grouping is just absurd.


29 posted on 01/10/2014 1:39:15 PM PST by mikrofon (NHL Bump)
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To: Jim Noble
It starts with three year olds on ponds, and builds from there.

Exactly. I say if you can't have a backyard rink in your town during the winter, due to the weather, you don't get an NHL team.

30 posted on 01/11/2014 6:48:41 AM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Welcome to L.A.

Lewiston-Auburn DOES get cold enough...

31 posted on 01/11/2014 7:10:09 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Brrrrr.


32 posted on 01/11/2014 7:22:53 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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