Ownership will now let hockey team spread out its debt payments to city
Dont think WVC put a boat load of money into the Ecenter upgrades to just to
see the Grizz leave.Thank you WV. GO GRIZZ. Utah has as much of a chance
of geting a NHL team. As we do geting 5.6 beer in the smiths store!
Well, the AHL (AAA to the NHL) may have a team in British Columbia soon, so the
AHL may be moving back out west. Maybe SLC could be in the mix.I
have a hunch that the NHL team most likely to move to Utah is the Blues, owned
by RSL owner Dave Checketts. He doesn't seem like the guy who buys a team just
to move it. If Utah gets the NHL full-time, I hope it isn't the Blues. A
40-plus-year history down the drain, then SLC becomes the OKC of the NHL. Maybe
the Florida Panthers or Atlanta Thrashers would make sense. Rename whatever
team that comes here the Utah Rockies, Stags, or Golden Eagles.I
think that Utah could support an NHL team. Then maybe send the Grizz to St.
George; they're trying to get an ice rink down there, so who knows? :)One other thing: I thought that Ellmore (the owner) said earlier in the
season that the Grizz were just fine. What gives?
Why in the world if they have problems filling the stadium do they charge for
parking? I'd bet anything if they stopped charging for parking they would sell
more tickets. I mean there is only like 5000 parking spots or something. Word of
advice to WVC if you want people to go to a fringe sport you have to make it as
affordable as possible. Until you build up your fan base people aren't going to
be price gouged for something they don't care about. As far as Utah sports go
this ranks pretty low. 1 Jazz 2 BYU football 3 U of U football 4 RSl 5 Blaze Tie
6 BYU or U of U basketball 8 U of U gymnastics 9 Bees 10 Grizzlies or Miller
Motor Sportspark (it's a toss-up)
The issue is not how the deal is structured. WVC is exchanging debt for
ownership, in order to keep the team financially viable. The same
argument justified federal ownership of AIG and other banks. The
details of the transaction and the motivation behind it doesn't justify the use
of public money to prop up a failing business.
You blew your whole comment with an ad hominen attack on a person you've never
met. You offered a cogent analysis of the situation, and then decided to call
another human being's intelligence into question. I'll bet you wouldn't dare
say that to my face.Just make your comment and leave it at that.
Personal attacks detract from your argument.
W.V.C. didn't spend $600,000. Read the story.The Grizzlies are
experiencing hard economic times, just like everyone. First off its a
Blue-Collar sport so this recession is hitting them extra hard. The Grizzlies
didnt have the $600,000 for E-Center rental. Rather than demand the money which
would be the end of the team, meaning no further income, from the E-Center
building. WVC decided to turn the debt into ownership. It was a
no-brainer. To reiterate, here were their options: 1) Lose all
future revenue all together by demanding money they wouldnt receive because it
would force the team into bankruptcy. 2) Take the debt and turn it into
ownership where they could share in profits if the team survives and continue to
provide a tenant for the building besides just the occasional concerts. If you think this was a bad idea? That says a lot about your
intelligence. This was there only option.
taxpayer money to bailout a private enterprise, where have I heard that
before?But.....they need not worry about it too much, after all its NOT
THEIR MONEY being used!In case anyone hasn't noticed public officials are
really stretching their imaginations to justify whats in the "public
interest".I wish they'd quit dreaming up things to throw money at and just
let us keep our tax dollars!
$10.00 A HEAD SOUNDS REASONABLE FOR PRO HOCKEY.THERE MAY COME A TIME WHEN
SLC GETS AN NHL TEAM.WHY NOT SUPPORT THE GRIZZLIES AND SHOW THE NHL
THATWE'RE READY FOR AN NHL TEAM?
Socialist hockey.....sounds like Eastern Europe of the 1980's. Love
"conservative" politicians agreeing to bigger government. Warms my liberal
Your a big mistake!
Thank you Mr. Obama for setting the example to guide the elected officials in
W.V.C towards the next government bail out. The fact is that there is no other
use for W.V.Cities E center.
I've got an idea to improve attendance: Bring back Bikini Night.
10 bucks a ticket. how can that be over priced. Change your name to Idiot!
An additional comment is that the Coyotes are being sold this off-season, so 90%
chance they will leave Phoenix...think before you comment about SLC getting a
major hockey team, not a good idea.
You'd think local leaders would learn from the AIG/Citi/TARP mess: Don't invest
public money in questionable private enterprises. With tax revenue
down, I'm sure West Valley City could find more appropriate ways to spend its
limited resources. I'm also positive that the residents of that fine community,
as well as City employees, could offer a few suggestions as to how $600,000
could be spent.
Uh....above commenter? you do realize that the Coyotes are in serious
attendance trouble? Mostly due to the fact that the hockey fan base in the
valley tends to be over in Scottsdale, and the arena is all the way over in
Glendale? (Also, of course, the Coyotes suck, but that's less of an issue to
The Grizzlies is a money losing endevour because it has been badly mismanaged.
The tickets are overpriced, the team's performance is mediocre at best, the food
is overpriced and horrible and on top of that they try to squeeze the last
dollar out of the few poor saps who come by not only charging for parking, but
doing so at outrageous prices per car. Not a good proposition for people who
like hockey, let alone for those who dont care for the sport.
It seems pointless to keep trying. The AAA Hockey days with a packed Salt
Palace, great WHL or CHL hockey with good players on their way up or back down,
solid franchises and league teams from cities you had heard of is so far gone,
why even bother with this mess, which is strictly amateurish from ownership down
to the players on the ice. SLC needs to put itself in a position to provide a
place for a moving franchise from the NHL to escape to. With all the hassle in
building a rinky dinky stadium in Sandy, good luck. Some cities build, other
cities sit and twiddle their thumbs which describes SLC and Utah. Sometime check
out Chase Field, The new hockey rink for the Coyotes, Univ. Phoenix stadium in
Glendale, and know that it can never happen in the city by the lake. The same
lack of vision that keeps travelers stuck with a 1970s airport hasn't the vision
to build facilities. Ever check out all the competing airports, DEN, LAS, PHX,
and compare them with SLC, what a joke.