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'Vinnie' Viola attempting buy the Panthers

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07:28 AM ET 09.19 | This is no ordinary "Vinnie from New York," calling a radio talk show. Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman and former minority owner of the NBA's Nets, is leading a group in completing a deal to purchase the Florida Panthers from Palm Beach businessman Cliff Viner, an industry source said Wednesday. Letters of intent have been executed, but the transaction still needs to be signed and approved by the NHL. The source said it's conceivable the deal could fall through, but both sides want to make it happen. The sale price is $230 million, and Viola is buying out several of the team's minority owners. Last season, Forbes had placed the franchise's value at $170 million. The Panthers are expected to remain in South Florida.

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Scott Clemmensen, Icon Sports Scott Clemmensen, Icon Sports
September 19, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman

Hello? "Euphemisms R Us"?
I wonder what they are hinting at from the way they wrote this?
What the heck does "prominent New York Businessman mean?

September 19, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman

Hello? "Euphemisms R Us"?
I wonder what they are hinting at from the way they wrote this?What the heck does "prominent New York Businessman mean?

It means there'll be "strings attached" to any sale to Viola.

September 19, 2013  08:56 AM ET

There are some canals near the Panthers arena that may come in handy when personnel changes have to be made under Vinny.

September 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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There are some canals near the Panthers arena that may come in handy when personnel changes have to be made under Vinny.

and I'm the "carting" will all be done on time too...

September 19, 2013  09:11 AM ET

"several" of the minority owners? This has bettman fail writtten all over it. Due dilligence was never the butt faces strong suit when looking at the background of owners.

September 19, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I guess "Mervyn The Finger" or "52nd Street irwin" (obscure Odd Couple ref. of the day) couldn't raise the cash?

September 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET

He is playing them like a fiddle

September 19, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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I guess "Mervyn The Finger" or "52nd Street irwin" (obscure Odd Couple ref. of the day) couldn't raise the cash?

Nice. But I think they're part of the "group" Vinnie's representing.

September 19, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman Hello? "Euphemisms R Us"?I wonder what they are hinting at from the way they wrote this?What the heck does "prominent New York Businessman mean?

Hey! Whatssamatta You? Means he does bidness. Shut up.

:-)

September 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman Hello? "Euphemisms R Us"?I wonder what they are hinting at from the way they wrote this?What the heck does "prominent New York Businessman mean?

Soooo ..... this would be a move from Viner to Vinnie.

Is that supposed to inspire confidence?

September 19, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Soooo ..... this would be a move from Viner to Vinnie.Is that supposed to inspire confidence?

he's got to go home and get his shinebox

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September 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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he's got to go home and get his shinebox

He's a goodfella that way.

September 19, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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He's a goodfella that way.

right after he signs the papers the papers

September 19, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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The real question now is....is the new owner gonna be a salary cap FLOOR team or a salary cap MAX team.....I hope its the latter...teams on 15 year rebuilds have a rather hard time filling their building.

I think you will eventually see contraction; at least relocation.

September 19, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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right after he signs the papers the papers

I like Jimmy. I like Jimmy.

September 19, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I like Jimmy. I like Jimmy.

I'll bet he knows where Jimmy is.

September 19, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I'll bet he knows where Jimmy is.

hey there.....
yes, I'd bet he does know

September 19, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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I'll bet he knows where Jimmy is.

Hey Birdy nice to 'see' you.

Does this mean I don't have to leave the light on for Mr. Hoffa anymore?

 
September 19, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Vincent "Vinnie" Viola, a prominent New York businessman Hello? "Euphemisms R Us"?I wonder what they are hinting at from the way they wrote this?What the heck does "prominent New York Businessman mean?

Laughing Out Loud at this one, whatever your name is today.

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