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Markham still won’t release full economic impact studies on now-dead NHL arena project

By Neil deMauseField of Schemes

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(Feb. 9) – Plans for an NHL arena in the Toronto suburb of Markham are long since dead, but the battle over them goes on: In the latest, the former head of the Markham Village Ratepayers Association, who in 2012 filed a freedom of information request for the economic impact studies conducted by the city for the arena, and who since then has been elected to the Markham city council, is trying to pass a bill to get the full reports released. But it’s not going that well:

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Proposed manager of Markham arena with no sports team says arenas can’t survive without sports teams

By NEIL deMAUSE, fieldofschemes.com

Oh, this is embarrassing:

A key partner in the proposed $325-million arena in Markham, which doesn’t have a main tenant, has downplayed a remark by the company’s chairman who indicated big sports and entertainment centres need major pro teams to ensure financial success.

That’s right, sports fans: Comcast-Spectacor (aka Global Spectrum) chair Peter Luukko told the Associated Press regarding the Phoenix Coyotes arena, which his company will operate under the terms of the team’s new owners’ new lease with Glendale, that “for any arena or stadium in a major market to be successful, it needs to have a major league sports team.” That’s the same Comcast-Spectacor that wants to manage the proposed Markham arena that was approved in January despite having no major-league sports tenant. It’s shouldn’t be an exactly surprising or controversial statement, given that Comcast-Spectacor’s competitors Live Nation had previously said that a Markham arena couldn’t work without the guarantee of a major pro sports team. But it is embarrassing, especially since, as Markham deputy mayor Jack Heath put it, “You can’t be selling one message in Phoenix and another one in Markham.” Oh, can’t you now? Clearly, Mr. Heath, you don’t know anything about the arena game.

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Markham arena developer’s “NHL connections” turn out not to involve connections to NHL

By NEIL deMAUSE, fieldofschemes.com

Remember when two city councillors in Markham, Ontario were calling for an investigation of would-be NHL team owner Graeme Roustan, on the grounds that he hadn’t revealed his personal finances, has previously been found guilty of statutory fraud in an arena case in Texas, and lied about being a finalist to buy the Montreal Canadiens? And remember how the Markham council just went ahead and voted to give Roustan $162.5 million to help build a new arena anyway? Well now the NHL is getting into the game, asserting that — surprise, surprise — Roustan and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti lied about Roustan being a finalist to buy the Canadiens, as well as that he had the right connections to get an NHL team: Continue reading

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Stadium’s funding worthy of red card

Spend cash on kids, not millionaires

By DAVE PERKINS*

OUR three levels of government feel obliged to drum up a photo op to illustrate that they have honoured their commitments to building Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s cash-grab soccer stadium on the CNE grounds.

It’s just another layer of BS around a wasteful and unnecessary project. Continue reading

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