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WHAT'S ALL THE QUACK ABOUT? PENGUINS DEFEND NAMING DEAL
Published November 25, 1997
The Penguins "apologized Monday for shutting public officials out of negotiations" to sell the Civic Arena naming rights to MD-based Allegheny Energy, but team officials "said that doesn't mean the deal is off," according to Michael Coleman of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE- REVIEW. Penguins President Donn Patton said "he hopes to convince public officials" that the team's six-year, $5M deal to rename the Civic Arena the Allegheny Energy Dome "is good for the public." Coleman: "Patton faces a tough sell. The city-county Public Auditorium Authority, which owns the arena, unanimously approved a resolution yesterday authorizing its attorney to 'take all action necessary' to halt the agreement. The resolution also said the public must be included in any future discussions about renaming the arena." Councilmember Dan Cohen "questioned the relatively short term and low price of the deal," and said that the naming rights "could have been sold to the highest bidder." An Allegheny Energy spokesperson said that the company "is still interested in a naming rights deal" at the Civic Arena, "regardless of how the current controversy plays out" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/25).