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DOES JETS FUTURE HINGE ON NHL SALARY CAP?
Published November 8, 1994
In Winnipeg, Hal Sigurdson writes that despite the Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC) meeting its goal of "selling at least 40 luxury suites," the future of the Jets in Winnipeg is based on a salary cap and a revenue sharing formula. "Chances of that happening remain remote. ... Since construction of a new arena can't be delayed beyond the start of next summer, the team will have to be sold. No one will buy into a game before the rules are established no matter how many luxury seats or club seats the MEC sells. ... If the Jets leave, enthusiasm to build a new arena will die. That's the real shame." Sigurdson urges the MEC to bring in a "well-run IHL franchise," as "it would be easier to finance an arena on a user-pay basis without the Jets than with them" (WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS, 11/8).