First published on Dec 13, 2006I'm certain that being certain should not be the top priority, for sure.
The guy who has Blackberry -- the company that took a gamble on patents and nearly went dark and off the air a year ago -- is full of talk to the gambling control board.
How can you have a slots parlor and have certain results? To gamble is to take risks. There is mystery and uncertainty when you drop the money and panic and are left with the cold-hard-results.
The value of being certain falls to an owner of a sports team with a deal on the table who doesn't even own the team yet. Everyone thinks he'll own the team. But, it didn't close yet.
Pens open to Plan B concept - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 'Our plan is the only plan that brings certainty to this entire process,' McMackin said. 'There's clear-cut certainty the Penguins will stay in Pittsburgh. Under the concept of the other plan there is nothing but uncertainty.'Sports is about living in the present and not knowing what's going to happen, especially when played on ice with a little rubber puck at the center of attention.
Under the backup plan, Forest City or Majestic Star would pay $7.5 million a year for 30 years, while the state would pay $7 million a year. The Pens would have to pay $8.5 million up front and $2.9 million a year, while forgoing $1.1 million a year in naming rights.
Balsillie said Isle of Capri's proposal is the best plan because it removes any doubt about the team's future and doesn't use 'taxpayers' money.'
'I see a three-for-one here,' Balsillie said, adding that Isle of Capri's proposal provides a sports and entertainment destination, economic revitalization in the neighborhood and a gambling facility.
'The promise of being a good neighbor isn't just a promise,' Balsillie said. 'It has to be fulfilled.'
Balsillie said he hopes to conclude his purchase of the Penguins by the end of the week.
I'm certain that taxpayer money is going to go into this new arena. For starters, the new arena is going to be built and then given to the public to operate. If they want to build a new arena -- do so and keep it.
I'm certain that the public will pay dearly for the new arena as their plans call for the take down of the old arena. When 1 + 1 = 2 we'll have a net gain. But, we're getting 1 - 1 = 0. We own the civic arena. We have it paid for now. We don't need luxery boxes for Disney on Ice nor a high school graduation.
I'm certain that we'll not have a civic venue with the new arena with low-rental costs, like we can manage wit the existing facility that will be torn down, according to their plan. We've got a historic structure that is authentic -- for sure -- for certain.
So much for a sure bet. The guarantee seems to be a broken heart and upside down priorities.