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Panthers won’t comment on relocation potential

Apr 3, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

New Year's Eve AP

From the Miami Herald:

Panthers CEO Rory Babich wouldn’t play ball when we asked him today what his Plan B is — and if it includes relocating the team — if the Broward County Commission rejects his request for a hike in bed tax dollars.

“In my view that is a hypothetical ….,” Babich said in an interview after a Tower Forum event in Fort Lauderdale Thursday. “It’s my belief we will reach an appropriation resolution.”

We’ll let you click on the link for the details. (We’d rather write about hockey than bed taxes.)

But it’s no surprise that Babich was asked about the potential for relocation after the Panthers hinted at (threatened?) that exact possibility in a presentation to the county.

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  1. canucks30 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

  2. bigtganks - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Omgosh, I want Florida to move to Seattle JUST for Roberto Luongo. Oh the irony. It would be the height of all irony. I’m on pins and needles for those tweets strombone1!

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Hamilton or Quebec City.

  4. cordellanderson - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Seattle Please!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Where there is smoke…

  6. muckleflugga - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    i’m pretty sure luongo’s only gripe with vancouver was the eleven months of rain and fog which we all know never makes it as far south as seattle

    i was tenting at a koa in astoria oregon on one of my yearly bike trips … i came back from supper to find my northface tent floating among land barges idling happily roughly a quarter of a mile from where it had once been pegged

    normally you only see horizontal rain in the tropics … the pacific northwest is the exception

    panthers may move but roberto luongo will likely stay where he is … warm and dry and writing

    bad haiku

    • bsaures - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Once again no one cares

    • blomfeld - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Comrade Flugga …
      the rain and fog was not the reason … rather, the real reason actually sports breasts and goes by the name of Gina … yes sir ! … and by the way, that’s an excellent sidebar about Astoria and such … I’ve spent time myself exploring ‘extensively’ in that sector, including Cape Disappointment and the Long Beach peninsula … wonderful country friend, where the great Columbia becomes one with the Pacific !

  7. greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    1. There is zero chance of relocation for the 2014-15 season as the Panthers are already accepting season ticket renewals. The NHL has given Florida the entry draft this coming summer, which helps makes the Panthers more money (see #3).

    2. We have seen how adamant Bettman is with not relocating Phoenix (soon to be renamed Arizona). Florida generates way more revenue than Phoenix does. As a matter of fact, Florida is top 5 in the NHL, just imagine if they actually put out a competitive team on a yearly basis. Something the prior ownership group never did.

    3. Broward county will cave to the Panthers demands or worse case senario, negotiate the entire deal. What people here don’t understand, is that Florida doesn’t make their money on the hockey side, they make their money on the concerts, conventions, etc. held at BB&T Center, which all the income those make goes into the Panthers ownership pockets. The Panthers losses are used as a tax write off, therefore making the owners more money.

    • 12is3times4 - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      I’ll give you #2 and #3 in your list, but not #1. Evidently you don’t remember how the Thrashers were infamously still calling season ticket holders for renewals even after the team’s sale to True North was announced.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Your talking 2 different franchises. I can see your point on that, but Atlanta was probably the worst run franchise in every major sports league in North America.

  8. sixchr - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Didn’t they just get public funding for a new scoreboard?

  9. vstar1us - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Portland Pathers

  10. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    If they do move the team it would be perfect timing for Seattle. With Luongo there, it would be instant rivalry fuel between Vancouver and Seattle. Nothing wrong with another good rivalry.

  11. tackledummy1505 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Why are people calling for relocation to Seattle or Portland? Those are the 2 cities that are most likely getting expansion teams. You all have to see how the NHL is setup to begin with to realize who’s getting what. There are going to be 2 new teams in the West, Seattle is an almost definite and rumor is Portland will be the other. If Portland doesn’t get the other nod than another city might get the nod, but it will almost definitely be someone from the mid-west to west. My idea was to put a team from Vegas or Utah in the mix. Vegas would be tourist attraction more than a home state team, but it’ll still generate money. There”s really no where else to put Florida unless they made the move to say Kansas City, Quebec or Virginia. Other than those 3 where would they go? Wondering what you all think about it.

  12. darksidecowboy - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Expansion money will come from Quebec because they want/deserve a team so bably and rightly so. Moving a team to Seattle or Portland makes sense but not both. I can see Seattle and Vegas as a future locale for the Cats.

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