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Published December 5, 1994
The Lightning's "financial strength" and their "promise to stay in the area" was again questioned by FL media, as it was reported that "progress on the team's downtown arena suddenly was stopped because the team had fallen behind in paying for $658,500 worth of foundation work." Roy Cummings of the TAMPA TRIBUNE writes that until the team pays it's bills on time, "the public perception will continue to be that the Lightning are struggling to stay alive" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/4). Kokusai Green (KG), the Japanese company that runs the Lightning, has spent more money than they anticipated on the franchise, and word of a possible sale to Ted Turner and a move to Atlanta forced KG to change the team's president and take a more active role in the daily operations of the club (David Neal, MIAMI HERALD, 12/4).