DEPUTY COMMISSIONER DALY STATEMENT ON PENS ARENA PLAN
NEW YORK (February 23, 2006) -- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly Thursday released the following statement in response to ongoing speculation and, in some cases, inaccurate media reports, on the status of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ efforts to achieve a suitable arena solution in Pittsburgh:
“The National Hockey League remains absolutely committed to doing everything we can to assist the Penguins in their efforts to achieve a suitable arena solution in Pittsburgh. As we’ve stated before, the League supports the arena funding plan that has been proposed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Isle of Capri and we join the Penguins in urging the leadership of the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania to step forward and endorse that plan.
“The timetable for the Penguins, while growing shorter, has not changed. As we understand it, the slots license is expected to be awarded in December, 2006, and the Penguins’ lease expires in July, 2007, so the timing elements are consistent with the prospect of a successful solution to the issue. Obviously, we think the process could be accelerated and the long-term future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh would be far more certain if the local leaders would get behind the existing arena funding plan.
“If Governor Rendell would like to speak with us, we would be happy to sit down with him at any time. We will urge the Governor to actively support the arena funding plan that already has been proposed, which contains no cost to taxpayers.”