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Edmonton arena showdown goes public

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08:23 AM ET 09.21 | An arena showdown in Edmonton has escalated to a stalemate of sorts, thanks to a Thursday night snub. With the hopes for a new arena hanging in the balance, the Edmonton Oilers defied the mayor's expressed wish Thursday to have the team come to City Hall and publicly explain why it wants millions of dollars more from taxpayers. In a letter to council, a spokesman for Oilers owner Daryl Katz says it makes more sense to hash out those issues in private with city bureaucrats before meeting publicly with Mayor Stephen Mandel and council. "While we appreciate the mayor's invitation, we do not think such a meeting can be productive until we have reduced the outstanding issues," John Karvellas, a vice-president for the Katz Group.

The Globe and Mail

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September 21, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Gotta agree with the Oilers owner. If you are gonna screw someone over, it is best done in private

September 21, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Gotta agree with the Oilers owner. If you are gonna screw someone, it is best done in private.

September 21, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gotta agree with the Oilers owner. If you are gonna screw someone over, it is best done in private

yeah, but since he can't take the whole city to dinner before they get banged into paying for HIS arena....at least let them hear about it

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September 21, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Just so the Mayor and Council have someone to blame. In a couple of years they'll say they were lied to. Nothing new here. Just politicians = worthless.

September 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Gotta agree with the Oilers owner. If you are gonna screw someone, it is best done in private.

Could you repeat that please?

September 21, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Katz deal is awesome LOL - In a nutshell- I will give you oodles of millions in installment payments,and you will pay me 6 mill a year in operating costs so that by the time we reach year 12 you are paying me a profit for your building that i get the bulk of the event revenues off of. Genius

September 21, 2012  09:51 AM ET

It'd be an easier sell if it looked like a perogie.

September 21, 2012  09:53 AM ET

If you expect tax payer money to finance your stadium, you better have public discussions.

September 21, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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It'd be an easier sell if it looked like a perogie.

The big question is - will there be cup holders in the seats??



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September 21, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The big question is - will there be cup holders in the seats??

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They're unnecessary Phantom. Albertans never put their drinks down.

September 21, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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They're unnecessary Phantom. Albertans never put their drinks down.

and neither should they watching those teams

September 21, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They're unnecessary Phantom. Albertans never put their drinks down.

:)))

September 21, 2012  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The big question is - will there be cup holders in the seats??<historical Penguins tweak>

Hall and Eberle will be great Cup holders.

September 21, 2012  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Just so the Mayor and Council have someone to blame. In a couple of years they'll say they were lied to. Nothing new here. Just politicians = worthless.

It has been a long and drawn out affair and the politicians are partly responsible but it appears more and more like Katz is the one bargaining in bad faith. When it looks like the deal is done he changes his demands

September 21, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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They're unnecessary Phantom. Albertans never put their drinks down.

Ouch

September 21, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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and neither should they watching those teams

Double Ouch

September 21, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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Double Ouch

It's a tough crowd...

September 21, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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and neither should they watching those teams

For that i Fart in your general direction !

 
September 21, 2012  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

For that i Fart in your general direction !

I was kind enough to ask about the CFL team, cut me a bit of slack

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