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BETTMAN "FRUSTRATED" AS NASHVILLE STALKS HUIZENGA'S PANTHERS
Published December 1, 1995
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Miami this week weighing the chances for a new arena for the Panthers. According to the MIAMI HERALD's David Neal, it was "more of a fact-finding mission" than a "last-ditch" attempt to keep the team in South FL. Bettman met with commissioners from both Dade and Broward Counties and reports that both expressed a desire to build an arena and keep the team. But, Bettman added, "In terms of being able to say to me, 'Here's where the money is coming from, here's where the building will be built, just give me a couple of weeks to work out the details,' they couldn't do that." Bettman will appraise the NHL's Board of Governors on the Panthers' situation at their December 14-15 meeting in West Palm Beach (MIAMI HERALD, 11/30). The TENNESSEAN's Jeff Legwold calls Nashville, via Gaylord Entertainment, the "leading candidate" to obtain the team if it moves or is sold. Panthers President Bill Torrey said he has had no discussions with anyone from Nashville or Gaylord, but added, "If you have an arena it's not like anyone needs a spy satellite or anything to see the cities where they are available." Torrey said Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga talks with FL officials "on a daily basis" (TENNESEAN, 11/29). Bettman: "We're not looking for a situation where the Nashville offer has to be matched. We're looking for a deal in which it works here" (David Neal, MIAMI HERALD, 11/30).