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David Bonderman To Be Equal Partner If Vegas Gets NHL Team
Published June 8, 2007
|(L-R) David Bonderman, Chair
of Texas Pacific, and Harry E. Sloan,
NHL Confirms Bruckheimer's
Interest In Owning Team
VEGAS A BAD BET: In Toronto, Rick Westhead writes, “Putting a team in Las Vegas could be disastrous five years on.” The city is the 51st-ranked media market in the U.S. and it is “not the burgeoning market some say it is.” Westhead: “Many Las Vegans are low-income employees ... who would probably find it impossible to attend many NHL games even if they were so inclined” (TORONTO STAR, 6/8).
K.C. REACTION: K.C. has also been mentioned as an expansion candidate, and William Del Biaggio III, who has a deal to operate an NHL team at Sprint Center, said, “That’s good news. It seems to make sense to me because we’re the only other city that has an arena.” He added, “It’s really good news for the NHL if Jerry Bruckheimer was an owner.” Chicago-based The Leib Group Senior Consultant David Stone said, “If it’s a horse race between Kansas City and Las Vegas, as of today, Kansas City has a big advantage. They have the arena” (K.C. STAR, 6/8).