Well, at least we know they haven't thrown in the towel yet...
Sides still talking in Pens' arena negotiations
By Andrew Conte
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Everything is negotiable and nothing has been agreed upon in the closed-door arena talks among the Penguins and public officials, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said Wednesday.
The two sides talked on a conference call Monday, but Onorato said they still have not reached an agreement on how to pay for a new Uptown arena.
"We're still negotiating, and I still feel optimistic we'll get it done," Onorato said at a luncheon hosted by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.
A Penguins spokesman declined to comment.
The two sides have been negotiating over the details of an arena plan since first meeting Jan. 4.
Gov. Ed Rendell's initial proposal called for $14.5 million a year in slots money, with the team paying $8.5 million up front and $2.9 million a year, while forgoing $1.16 million a year in naming rights.
The team's contribution has been substantially reduced, Rendell has said, but he has declined to say how much the Penguins would pay.
Onorato reiterated yesterday that the deal will not include any local money from Pittsburgh, Allegheny County or the county's Regional Asset District, which collects a 1 percent sales tax.