Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

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.)

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