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NHL Lockout, Day 4: Nashville Must Pay Arena Subsidies To Preds Even If Games Canceled
Published September 19, 2012
OFF THE HOOK: In Columbus, Josh Jarman writes Franklin County (Ohio) taxpayers "have little on the line in the dispute, even though they now own Nationwide Arena." The lockout "will not cost taxpayers or the Franklin County agency that owns the arena anything because the public receives no revenue from hockey games -- not from concessions, parking or tickets." That money all goes to the Blue Jackets, "who were the main benefactors in a deal brokered late last year to have the city and county split the cost of buying and operating the arena, and allow the team to play there rent free." Blue Jackets VP/PR Todd Sharrock said that "not having to pay rent during the lockout puts the team in a better financial situation than during the 2004-05 season lockout." But he added the team "would bear the financial burden of any canceled games as it did eight years ago" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 9/19).