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Senators' Melnyk Unhappy With Process Used To Deny Casino At Canadian Tire Centre
Published September 12, 2013
DO OR DIE? In Ottawa, Bruce Garrioch noted Melnyk's words "came only 24 hours" after Senators President Cyril Leeder "resigned from four city committees because of a decision by council" to ask the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp to "put a casino at Rideau Carleton Raceway." Melnyk said that the club "needs another revenue source to help with its survival." He maintains that he has lost C$95M "since purchasing the club 10 years ago." Melnyk: "I don't care if I win, lose or draw, just do it right. Do a competition. You're not the only guys in the race. Let's see if you can stand on your own. If I lose, I lose, I'm OK. I go home and come up with a Plan C. Right now, there's no Plan C. Can we survive? You know what, it all depends on how the team does. It all depends can we find a third revenue source." Melnyk added that he "didn't like the process of losing" a bid to build a soccer-specific stadium near the Canadian Tire Centre. Melnyk: "I tried to build a soccer stadium. They all say you're out in the boonies in Kanata. I say, 'Well, yeah, because I've been trying to build for 10 years now.' (MLS) says 'You get a stadium in there, you got a team.' I propose that. (The city) says no. They're going to bring CFL football back to Ottawa and they gave a $400 million gift of insiders there and that was it" (OTTAWA SUN, 9/11).