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Edmonton city council to Oilers: No more money for you

Sep 12, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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Today in Edmonton, Oilers ownership asked city council to commit even more money to help build a new downtown arena for the club.

City council said no.

From the Edmonton Journal:

The discussion was held in private. Mayor Stephen Mandel wouldn’t say how much money the Katz Group was asking for when he spoke with the media outside the council chambers.

Asked if he was still optimistic the arena will be built, Mandel said “optimistic might not be the best word.

“Frustrated might be a better word,” he said.

Regardless, it’s hard to imagine the entire project coming off the rails.

Let’s just call it a hiccup for now.

Related: Take a virtual tour of Edmonton’s proposed new arena

  1. jaybertx - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Seattle is looking for a hockey team.

  2. getadealdonealready - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Seattle, why would the commish add a team in a norther climate, since his bring the game to the sun belt has been such a big hit, my guess is he will try to move them to Puerto Rico.

  3. DTF31 - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    This should really be a blessing for Katz. Build the entire thing with your billions and then never have to worry about the government governmenting in your business more than they would have to.

  4. bellicosejeff - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    The “commish” doesn’t decide where teams go. Any city approved for expansion or relocation is voted on by the board of governors (the owners). THEY decide not the commissioner. Quit blaming Bettman for everything. I don’t know the guy or have any reason to defend him. I defend common sense, something I’m starting to realize a good majority of hockey fans lack when it comes to the who they think is actually in charge of the NHL. The owners OWN the teams, they OWN the league. THEY make ALL major decisions not Bettman or whoever the next commissioner happens to be.

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Kudos to the Edmonton city council for cutting off the money addicts.

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