Skip to comments.Florida Panthers seeking public funds to offset losses of $20 million
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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Seattle would be HAPPY to take them!!!
Why should taxpayers subsidize them or anyone else?
You are a business, make your own money
Obamacare deductibles took all the fans spare cash
If you like your hockey team you can keep your hockey team
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.
We know who will pay.
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?
So would Quebec City or Hamilton
"I think there's a lot of shysters in Florida."
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).
Maybe they should lower their ticket prices. When Tampa can’t fill seats you can get nosebleeds for $13. nosebleeds were $50 the last time I checked for the Panthers.
They should move to an area that gives a %$#@ about ice hockey.
“.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.
Because there are a lot of people who used to live in New England living there?
We’d be happy for you to have them.
Here’s one possible answer: No!
“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.
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?
"Here's to all that gorgeous....
Ideally, to tap into the snowbird population. But this "concept" is not working in Phoenix (Road Runners) either.
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...
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.
All the northerners who moved there and haven’t become half-backs yet.
Welcome to L.A.
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.
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.
Lewiston-Auburn DOES get cold enough...
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