I'm not sure what to make of this:
Oilers talking Copps, stadium with the cityhttp://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/798487
[i]Edmonton Oilers billionaire owner Daryl Katz and entertainment giant AEG are looking at taking control of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum and the future Pan Am stadium.
He said he had not talked to the Ticats but fully intended to.
He said he loves the West Harbour site and would also be interested in a soccer team for the facility.[/i]
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[i]CTV News has learned AEG, an American consultant group helping the Katz Group put together the arena district design here in Edmonton, also spoke with councillors Tuesday. The group has also commissioned a survey in Hamilton on the viability of an NHL team in that city.
Reports say the goal for the Katz Group right now seems to be taking control of the potential arrival of a relocated or expanded NHL team. There are suggestions this might also be an attempt to put pressure on the Alberta government to support a new arena in Edmonton's downtown core.
"This is not about Edmonton, this is not about the Oilers, this is about Hamilton," he told media Tuesday afternoon.[/i]
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[i]On Tuesday, Katz received the unanimous approval of Hamilton City Council to enter into a non-binding memorandum of understanding toward obtaining lease control of the Copps Coliseum and other venues.
I believe that Katz Entertainment Holding Corporation (as in holding hands with AEG out of Los Angeles?) has targeted the Southern Ontario market — “the Copps Coliseum, possibly the Convention Centre, Hamilton Place and a number of parking lots and a yet to be built Pan-Am Games stadium? in the words of LaForge, to do major sports and entertainment business.
It may even position Katz to buy the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from Bob Young, who doesn’t like the proposed location of the new Pan-Am Stadium which LaForge said he loved, and/or buy a soccer team to move into the Pan-Am stadium.
The suggestion was also that Copps was an old building that needed to be replaced with a big new one and it’s not such a big jump to identify the proposed Pan-Am stadium site with an AEG L.A. Live type development like Katz is trying to put together for Edmonton. [/i]
Could it be that an NHL owner has decided he wants to diversify into the CFL? What might Bob Young think of a partnership with this group?