soopey: Maybe the Seattle Oilers?TSN: Oilers brass visits Seattle arena
Decillion: It's a bluff.
swahnhennessy: Decillion: It's a bluff.It may be, but that asshole is still hoping to screw Edmonton one way or another. Here's hoping they don't give in to his greed.
El Brujo: Fark basketball. Do not want.
MFAWG: soopey: Maybe the Seattle Oilers?TSN: Oilers brass visits Seattle arenaFor the record: I want to play the Oilers, I don't want them to move here.
Nana's Vibrator: MFAWG: soopey: Maybe the Seattle Oilers?TSN: Oilers brass visits Seattle arenaFor the record: I want to play the Oilers, I don't want them to move here.Remember when no one wanted to play the Oilers or the Islanders?
js34603: They can fill the arena with butthurt.
Nana's Vibrator: Oh grow up. You will fund some whiny billionairre, you'll bring a bunch of tall guys to town who feel it's too strenuous to pass or drive the lane and create high percentage shots, so they'll just heave up 20 footers off the front of the rim. No one will be covering them and they won't cover anyone else, which is why the league made zone defense practically legal. Those guys won't like their multimillion dollar contracts and they'll complain about it and talk about needing to feed their familes. Now pony up.
drewogatory: farking city governments never farking learn. Enjoy subsidising your new billionaire Seattle taxpayers.
Falin: how I know you have no idea what the terms of the deal are?This is a ridiculously favorable deal for the city, and only a short-sighted idiot would oppose it.
Dookie-chute: Fark Seattle
JohnBigBootay: Falin: how I know you have no idea what the terms of the deal are?This is a ridiculously favorable deal for the city, and only a short-sighted idiot would oppose it.Short sighted idiot here. The only deal favorable enough is this one - "You want an arena for your for-profit professional sports team? Go ahead - it's a free country. Building permits are down at the DPD. Good luck with your venture." I await the inevitable lawsuits. If this deal indeed satisfies I91 then go ahead I guess but I sort of doubt it.
Falin: It's not a taxpayer funded subsidy for a professional franchise for two reasons:1. It's not taxpayer funded. It's bonded. There's a difference. . . .
caira: Falin: It's not a taxpayer funded subsidy for a professional franchise for two reasons:1. It's not taxpayer funded. It's bonded. There's a difference. . . ."It's not beer, it's a microbrew pale ale. There's a difference." Look, I'm not saying this isn't a serious improvement on the usual deals that come up in these circumstances, in much the same way your microbrew pale ale would kick the arse of Miller Light, but bonds are a type of funding, not something fundamentally different. It's still the city allocating money to the benefit of a professional sports team it could have put towards something else. If they can raise bond money for this, they could raise it for any other kind of infrastructure improvement; more to the point, after this, they'll have a harder time raising bond money for other things because of the greater amount of debt already on the city's books.Did the council members voting for and against at least have the decency to campaign on this? Do they have local referendums in Seattle?Oh, and if the arena winds up serving decent pale ales instead of American pisswater, I'll withdraw my objections. Some things are more important than money.
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