some choice quotes (click the names to go to the original full post):
"The atmosphere inside was bittersweet. It was more bitter outside. II think I was there. Sounds like something I'd attend.
think there was about a hundred people outside at the highest point, but a
lot of people left as soon as they found out the doors were locked. A lot
of those hanging around had disappointed and depressed faces - especially
when all the kids inside were cheering to the comment about Winnipeg kids
always being Jets fans. " - David A.
"Does anyone think it is fair to American NHL teams to institute a forof revenue-sharing. It would in effect be a form of cross-subsidization. Larger, richer team (mostly in the US) would be propping up teams from smaller centres, (mostly in Canada)" - Gregory M.
Oh if he only knew then what he knows now. The irony.
"The MEC (Manitoba Entertainment Complex) needs to sell 40 boxes and 1500 clubseats by the end of November to proceed. They've sold 38 boxes and about 500 club seatsso far.David Baker, Director of Corporate Sales for the Winnipeg Jets, sold the 40thand last private box yesterday evening to Coke. Club Seat sales are just over600 right now, and have started to sell more quickly. A couple of club seatpurchasers, MEC sales people, and press are going to San Jose, to check outthat building some time next weekend. The plan being that they will come backto the Peg gushing with news about how great our new building will be. - D Bergman
huh. How many private boxes do the current Jets have. Interesting to look back and see that the MEC plan called for 40.
"Senior city officials'. Hrmph. What this story seems to be based on
is a local radio station having Mayor Bill Norrie on saying that the
Jets majority owners have already sold their 64% interest in the team.
(For the uninformed, the other 36% interest is held by Winnipeg Enterprises
Corporation, a quasi-independent corporation set up under provincial
charter to operate the Arena/Stadium/Velodrome complex in the city. They
assumed this share of the Jets after a buyout attempt by Michael Gobuty
WEC has a complex arrangement with the private owners that the
WEC will cover all losses over a certain amount (approx. $400 000), or
the private owners will be free to break the lease they have with the
Arena until 1997. WEC has yet to cover the rest of the losses that the
Jets incurred this year (approx. $1.2 million). So needless to say,
there is a great deal of speculation of what is going to happen. There
are two local groups of people that are interested in acquiring either
WEC's share of the team or the whole team to keep it in Winnipeg. One
group plans on a new downtown Arena, tenatively called Manitoba Gardens.
The other wants to take over the arena as is. .
Barry Shenkarow has said that the situation is rapidly becoming critical,but as of yet, there are no offers on the table either way. Things still very much depend on city council. " - Daryl TInteresting. This is a post from 1991. The Jets stuck around for 5 more years.
"The only place the JETS are moving is UP, waaaay UP in the standings :-) " - Ken D, worlds biggestt optimist in 1994