"The Penguins had an agreement with Isle of Capri Casinos to build the arena at no expense to the team or taxpayers in exchange for a license to build a Pittsburgh slots casino, but a state board in December chose a competing bid." ESPN further states that "The breakdown in arena talks came only three days after Gov. Ed Rendell said he felt an agreement was close."
I'm not a Penguins fan, but I don't understand how if the governor and the local officials say they want to keep the team, and there's a plan available where the new stadium won't cost taxpayers anything, the casino board chooses a competing bid!! What was the state board thinking?ESPN says that " Kansas City has offered its nearly completed Sprint Center to the Penguins rent-free. The Penguins would also gain revenue from development projects around the arena." So the Penguins have a good deal available in another city; I say move the team. This is a really bizarre story.