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THE ICE IS MELTING FOR THE PANTHERS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Published August 11, 1995
It is "more likely than ever" that the NHL Panthers will leave South Florida after the upcoming season, according to Eric Conrad of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL. Citing "extremely unfavorable economic terms," the NHL franchise has notified Miami Arena officials, in a July 31 letter from Panthers VP Dean Jordan, of their intentions to play this season in Miami, but not to renew their year-to-year lease beyond that. Jordan did say, however, the team would be willing to stay another year if it could get lease terms similar to those of the Heat, which currently gets most of the skybox and advertising revenue from the arena. The Panthers must tell the NHL by the spring or early summer of '96 where they plan to play their '96-97 season (Eric Conrad, Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL, 8/11).