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MARINO REITERATES PENGUINS' COMMITMENT TO PITTSBURGH
Published August 13, 1998
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).