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HAVE RAT WILL TRAVEL: PANTHERS TO BE SHORT-TERM NOMADS?
Published July 23, 1996
Panthers President Bill Torrey said if the team's lease extension with the Miami Arena is not resolved in "about 10 days," he will explore moving outside South FL for one or two years, possibly to Portland, according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. The arena's owners, the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority, rejected a lease worked out between the team and Leisure Management, the arena manager, and Torrey has said the Panthers will not return to Miami Arena without MSEA approval. Torrey: "Go to the Stanley Cup Finals and get evicted -- that would be a sporting first." Because of the move to the new Sunrise arena in '98-99, the Panthers would like a two-year lease, but MSEA attorney Joe Portuondo wants a longer deal. Torrey added that moving elsewhere in FL "would be difficult" due to inadequate facilities (MIAMI HERALD, 7/23).