SAME OLD STORY
So here we go! (Gary) Bettman shooting off his mouth again on something he should keep out of. (Ken) King saying the Flames no longer are negotiating for a new arena in Calgary, then stating the Flames offered up a substantial “financial commitment”. What exactly is a “substantial financial commitment”? Doesn’t sound like cash to me, sounds more like they offered to sign a long-term lease. Taxpayers are being asked to take sides, to mortgage the city to the brink of bankruptcy. Pretty tough to do when negotiations are all done behind closed doors (both sides) and we only get this type of information. To make a decision based on these facts, there is only one right decision. I guess one of the richest men in Canada forgets the 28 years Calgary supported an under-achieving, mediocre hockey team. As far as King is concerned, I guess when you (work) for (Murray) Edwards and sign milliondollar contracts with 20-yearolds for a living, you lose sight of how bad things in Calgary are for the average Joe. It perhaps is time for the Flames to move on, as their apparent expectations far exceed their worth and the city’s ability to grant. Public money is for public benefit, and this means for all Calgarians, not just hockey fans or concert goers. One last piece of advice for the Flames, finance your own arena, as a business expense, and they will come (given quality of product offered), economics 101!
KEN ALBERT (The Flames are outstanding corporate citizens and their work in the community is priceless.)