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If the Panthers’ scoreboard collapses next year, they won’t have a scoreboard

May 13, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

Panthers scoreboard

The Florida Panthers want a new, $4.2 million scoreboard for the BB&T Center (image), and they want Broward County, the owner of the arena, to pay for it.

“We’ve put enough money into the building,” Panthers president Michael Yormark told the Miami Herald.

“We’re not in the position to buy one. If the scoreboard just collapses next year, which I’m sure it will, we just won’t have a scoreboard.”

But county auditor Evan Lukic says the scoreboard is the Panthers’ responsibility.

The team will go before the Broward County Commission tomorrow to argue its case (spreadsheet).

We’ll be sure to follow up on this riveting story as it develops.

Related: How the Panthers make money despite, er, losing money

Image from Wikipedia

  1. esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    If this didn’t say Panthers, I’d swear this was the Islanders.

    • ikedavisnose - May 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Broward County is the Nassau County of the South

      • esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Hmm, what other stadiums are leased to teams via local governments…..Oh that’s right, the Phoenix Coyotes.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Do they mean it will literally collapse, oh dear haaaaaa

  3. blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM


    Friends, if things play out the way I suspect, then there’s a 99% probability rating that Roberto Luongo will be tending the Panther’s goal when that hideous contraption comes crashing down to earth. And God forbid if that ever happens, as it won’t just be the 4.2 million for the scoreboard. No, it’ll be something more like 64.2 million dollars down the drain should Luongo get crushed under that stupid piece of ‘electronic’ junk !

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Will Yormark ask Broward County to pay for Luongo’s salary?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Are you as sure of Luongo playing for the Panthers next year as you were of the lockout ending the day after Thanksgiving? That was pretty close to 99% as well wasn’t it?

      • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        If you recall, the lockout almost did end then. Nonetheless, on December 26th at approximately 1900 hours (pst) I stated here at PHT that the season would resume on January 19th @ 1500 hours (est) … and if memory serves me correctly, isn’t that ‘exactly’ what happened ? :)

      • esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        If you take enough pot shots eventually one has to be right. Just like Y2k and 2012. Wasn’t the world suppose to end? Eventually it will, and we’ll all here you down below us saying I told you so.

    • esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      I hope you realize the scoreboard is above center ice and that the goal creases are about as far from center ice as possible. So unless Luo go tries to stick handle ala Patrick Roy, the probability of your hypothetical situation is about 1%. And quit calling me your damn friend, chief!

      • gaborik104life - May 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        don’t call him chief, guy.

      • esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Sorry, pal.

  4. letsgolightning - May 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    “We’re not in the position to buy one. If the scoreboard just collapses next year, which I’m sure it will…”

    Now, I understand this is hyperbole. But if I’m their liability insurance company, I would think this is something you don’t even joke about, no?

    • Foogos - May 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      This is the Yormark M.O. His brother makes similar outlandish and sometimes-blustery comments as one of the top dogs with the Brooklyn Nets.

  5. thailer35 - May 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Blomfeld, do you only comment when you happen to find an open computer at the public library? Cause you seem like you might be a crazy hobo.

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      libraries ? .. computers ? .. hobos ? …

      Friend, just what in the hell is that supposed to mean ? Look, I suspect that you probably mean well and so I won’t be offering any ‘return fire’ on this occasion as I’m all stoked about this upcoming Rangers/Caps game here shortly (ie: me stay in KHL, me go vacation with men in Florida, me watch out for open manholes, etc). But do be careful in going forward, okay ?

      • crosberries - May 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        I call shananagins we all know your too annoying to have friends

  6. jhuck92 - May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    This must be a metaphor for the team itself falling apart.

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM


    Small technical point here…

    What would Roberto be doing at centre ice where one might expect the scoreboard to fall? Luongo’s not what you might call fleet of foot wearing those mattresses for pads? He’s no Gary ‘Suitcase’ Smith for instance, known for going end to end and often found digging for pucks in the corner…the opposing team’s corner?

    We recall Gary Smith won a Vezina in tandem with Tony Esposito in 1972, but the pair were shanghaied by a vastly superior Canadiens team in 1973…a reprise of 1971 for Tony O…

    Tony is still awaken with the night terrors, unsettled by nightmares of the Jaques Lemaire centre ice lasers!

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      fact: Tony O’s Achilles heel was often long range slappers from center ice …

      fact: Jacques Lemaire used to practice his slap shot by using an actual “steel” puck !

      fact: “Smitty” had a penchant for making sprawling saves, often ending up at center ice !

      Friend, it sounds like we’re of a similar age eh ? :) Look, with the scoreboard business there in Florida, this is what I now fear could happen. Luongo get’s nodded for First Star of the game, his Floridian fans go berserk with joy causing a virtual seismic reaction and then ‘boom’ … the entire scoreboard comes crashing down on him just like Dorothy’s house did on that nasty witch in the Wizard of Oz ! It’s an awful thing to contemplate and therefore I’m now praying that the funds can be raised in time for a new clock, God willing.

  8. sabatimus - May 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    He’s “sure it will” collapse? How the hell does he know that? Where’s the evidence? Did he have coffee with Loria to figure that one out?

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - May 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Surely the scoreboards insured, it sounds like its pretty close to collapsing so maybe one night in July it just “accidentally” happens to fall, the team gets their new scoreboard and the county doesn’t have to pay for it.

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      that’s probably ‘exactly’ what’s going to happen …

    • sheckyrimshot - May 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      then they’ll get a new one that “fell off the back of a truck” and if they start playing well huberdeau will break his thumbs in a “boating accident”

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Haha, well played!

  10. profsudz - May 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I would think adding a few more support cables would be far more cost effective

  11. 2jivecrew - May 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    It’s the worst arena scoreboard i’ve ever seen. I live in SoFL and have played on that ice at BAC. Looking at that scoreboard is like watching a big ol’ TV from 1978 the definition is so bad. But on the bright side I guess, they don’t have to worry about fans watching the game on the scoreboard like they do at the Cowboys stadium. The rest of the arena really isn’t that bad at all, but that scoreboard is horrid.

  12. esracerx46 - May 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Has anyone else noticed that most of Blomfeld’s posts have 1 thumbs up, and everyone criticizing him have one thumbs down. That’s pretty sad that one has to give himself a thumbs up just to feel good about oneself. Maybe we should stop criticizing his hair-brained theories. He obviously needs the libido boost.

  13. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 12:55 AM


    Great memory, I’d forgotten about Lemaire practicing with steel pucks…

    Gerry ‘Cheesey’ Cheevers, he of fright mask fame, wrote a book wherein he described his anxiety whenever Lemaire was getting ready to cut one loose –having daydreams about nightmares in the middle of the afternoon!

    Gaaawd, what a shot! If only the kids could have seen it and heard it; like a Vida Blue heater, it buzzzzzed on the way in!

  14. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Strange scoreboards…?

    Me, I give my vote to the old scoreboard over centre ice where the Quebec Remparts played. It looked like something knocked together in a grade eight shop class, circa 1914?

    They had something infinitely more impressive in Quebec City, they had Guy Lafleur…130 goals in his final year in junior, and one of the greatest who ever played in the NHL, ever! And a folk hero in Calgary to this day!

    His favourite things; smoking on the bench, night life after games, women, Bobby Orr and of course, le Gros Bill, the inimitable Jean Béliveau…

    I saw Guy play his last game for les Canadiens at the Forum though no one new that night? Against Detroit and in the third period, he came rolling down the right wing flat-out, hair flying, and he let a screamer go from the blue line that went off the crossbar, spanged off the ceiling then crawled along a girder! The crowd sighed, I ducked!

    Guy Lafleur, what a player, what a shot, he was somethin’ to see baby…

    • blomfeld - May 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      Keep writing man … your stuff is the ‘real deal’ and us true hockey fans love it ! :)

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