March 8, 2007 @ 08:37
Man oh man, who is Mario Lemieux trying to kid.
Mario and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins shareholders have hit a wall in their negotiations with the city of Pittsburgh for a new rink, but using Las Vegas as leverage is almost laughable.
Does Mario really think anyone is going to take him seriously if he threatens to move a hockey team into the Nevada desert?
Holy shit, hockey is failing in Music City USA, its failing deep in the heart of Dixie and its on nobodies mind in Georgia.
What makes anybody think that parking a team in Las Vegas would lead to anything but failure?
Meanwhile Winnipeg sits there with a brand new rink and yet is being ignored I'm sure because of a directive from the NHL head office.
What am I missing? The NHL is a gate driven league yet they keep choosing markets that look like failures going in, and end up with owners wanting out.
How many times is it going to happen before somebody at the league office forgets about this pipe dream of becoming a major league sport in the States and looks north to a few Canadian markets that will give them what they need? Ticket sales.