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MARINO REITERATES PENGUINS' COMMITMENT TO PITTSBURGH

          Penguins co-Owner Roger Marino "backed off yesterday on
     any implied threat to move the team to" Kansas City, "should
     he be shut out of Plan B," according to Barnes & Kovacevic
     of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  Marino said that he "never
     intended" for his trip to K.C. and a tour of its Kemper
     Arena "to become public knowledge or for it to be viewed as
     a threat to move the team."  He also said yesterday that
     three months ago, he'd taken a trip to Houston.  Asked why
     he made such trips, Marino said, "Just to see what was out
     there."  Marino met with Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy
     yesterday, and afterwards, Marino said, "It was productive. 
     The mayor was miffed with me, and rightfully so.  We had a
     little bit of miscommunication."  Murphy said that although
     it was "too late to tinker with Plan B," he would consider
     any additional information Marino wanted to submit regarding
     a business plan for improving the Penguins' finances. 
     Marino said that he would submit such a plan in a few days
     (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/13).  Marino: "I feel that the
     mayor showed some willingness to help us" (Pittsburgh
     TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/13).  In Pittsburgh, Joe Starkey reports
     that officials from the Public Auditorium Authority and SMG,
     which own and run the Civic Arena, respectively, "say they
     are willing to cooperate with the Penguins on a financial
     restructuring plan" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/13).
          BLADES GM DOUBTS K.C. READY FOR NHL: In K.C., IHL
     Blades GM Doug Soetaert, on bringing the NHL to town: "When
     I look at the economics of the IHL in Kansas City, that's
     very doable.  The economics of the NHL are far greater.  I
     don't know if there's enough revenue stream in Kansas City
     to support that" (Jeffrey Flanagan, K.C. STAR, 8/13).  

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