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The Oilers’ Twitter account is not helping arena talks, threatens relocation

Sep 23, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

While Oilers owner Daryl Katz wants the city to pay more money into the pot for a new arena for the team, the city has been resistant to do so. This has led to Katz rattling his sabre about potentially moving the team if he doesn’t get his way.

Edmonton Journal reporter John MacKinnon penned a column saying how failing to get the deal done will cost Edmonton its team.

While the column is all well and good and features his take on things, a funny thing happened: The Oilers’ official Twitter account re-tweeted the story.


It’s one thing to have the owner make veiled (or obvious) threats about moving the team if he doesn’t get his way, it’s another thing entirely to go full PR push to help advocate for the cause.

The Oilers’ account pulling this move makes you wonder if Katz is getting tips from Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria on how not to win public support for a project.

Update (2:11 p.m. ET): Surprise to no one, the Oilers have since deleted the Tweet. Nothing goes away on the Internet, gang.

  1. t16rich - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t see the league ever approving a relocation involving the Edmonton Oilers.

    • dbara43 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Yeah, we in SEA thought the same thing about the Sonics. SEA 12th largest market in US, OKC 55th. Guess where the team is today?

      I say pony up the $50 million Edmonton. It’s not worth losing your team over.


  2. jersey77girl - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Why would the public support giving more tax money to a team that is currently costing the city money in lost revenue by holding a lockout?
    He wants another $6 million to build a NEW arena to lock players out of?
    Perhaps Edmonton is looking at all of the cities [like Nashville] stuck in situations where they need to continue to pay a team for an arena that the team refuses to open and hold events as promised when initially requesting the money.
    I think a lockout that is hurting the local ecomony is the wrong time to ask the government for any money. How can you possibly argue that a new arean would bring jobs, tax money and help local businesses when your curently cutting employee hours, laying off employees, preventing taxable revenue and hurting local businesses by continuing a lockout.
    Most of the cities that spent public funds on arena have to continue paying the teams money agreed to during the lockout. Edmonton should be able to learn from any of these teams why spending MORE of the public’s money providing funding to the local teams isn’t a good idea, especially when local governemnts have no protection from the teams during [frequent] labor stoppages.
    I’m sure the taxpayers of Edmonton is perfectly happy seeing their team locked out of their old arena and don’t require a new arena to lock their team out of.

  3. paperkid96 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Where is he going to move it? With Bettman’s (sorry Jimmy D, not the owners) Manifest Destiny in full swing that team will end up in Mexico City. I’m not sure that will work out any better than the Winnepeg move to the desert.

    • dipthatchip - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      i lol’ed

    • dbara43 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      See below.


  4. dbara43 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Seattle media reporting Katz and Oilers management is in Seattle today checking out Key Arena. Also, SEA city council passed arena deal today. Seattle Oilers?

    I don’t want SEA to take Edmonton’s team (or name), but I want NHL in SEA badly. If the Oilers go, the city will have to fund a new arena itself and get a replacement team. I suggest highly that EDM residents get behind the new arena. $50 million is not worth losing your team over. Believe me, we in SEA know.


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