Jewish World Review June 12, 2003 / 12 Sivan, 5763
$ports threats against politicos spreading
Now it's Mario Lemieux who is playing hardball with Pittsburgh's
elected officials looking for money to finance a new arena.
Lemieiux wants a
new arena by 2006 or the Penguins will move because the civic
arena can't produce the kind of revenues needed to sustain an
Lemieux sees that the Pirates and Steelers have new facilities
that were built after voters said no and rightly says he
wants what Pittsburgh has given those two teams.
around Pennsylvania which has given money to sports facilities
around the state and wants what the state has given to
Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Harrisburg, Hershey and,
yes, even Pittsburgh.
But Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and
Pennsylvania claim they don't have money for Lemieux.
There will be a lot of noise from the Penguins about possibly
going elsewhere like Portland or Houston but if there is
political will, there will be a political way and within the next
sixty days, someone will probably find some public money
somewhere within the state and give Mario what he wants, a new
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