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Old 06-29-2006, 06:25 PM   #11
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Default Re: Pens' Announcer Mike Lange Fired!

Wow, this is absolutely shocking. Yes, he has lost it a bit, but I still loved listening to Lange's play-by-play. I would have figured they would let the man resign rather than outright fire him, since he is a legend, but that's FSN for you. Steigerwald will do a good job as the new TV voice and I will enjoy listening to him as well...but he ain't Mike Lange.

I hope Mike takes the radio job just so I can still hear his voice. It would be a shame if he left altogether, but I wouldn't blame him if he did.
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Default Re: Pens' Announcer Mike Lange Fired!

What happen did he fall asleep during a game???
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Default Re: Pens' Announcer Mike Lange Fired!

Steigerwald has already stated he does not expect to be Lange. It's not easy to replace a legend and nor do I want or expect Steigy to act or talk like Lange. He has his own style. But in my opinion (and obviously FSN's), when one is slipping you need to bring in new blood. While Lange's sayings were nice and different, they can only last so long before you say to yourself "where has the play-by-play gone?". Your getting paid to call the game and have the catch phrases secondary. Problem with Lange in my opinion....he still had the catch phrases, but the play-by-play slipped considerably.

I enjoyed Mike Lange just as much as the next Penguin fan, but he's definately going downhill in the booth. Maybe he will do better in radio but I would rather watch the game in the dark at this point. If he's smart, he will take the radio job. Everybody hates to see a legend leave and some see why it's understandable and that it's the right move at this point in time in Lange's career.
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Default Re: Pens' Announcer Mike Lange Fired!

*mouth drops open, gum falls out*

this has to be a cruel joke of some sort.
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Lange, Penguins ready to talk
Bargaining for return to radio play-by-play position is set for next week
Friday, July 07, 2006

By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Lange, fired last week as the television voice of the Penguins, will begin talks in a few days with the team involving the job as radio play-by-play announcer.

"There's really not a whole lot to report," Lange said. "We did talk to the Penguins [Wednesday] and set up a meeting for some time early next week."


FSN Pittsburgh, which holds the television rights to Penguins games, fired Lange last week and replaced him with Paul Steigerwald, who had been doing the team's games on radio. The Penguins immediately offered the radio job to Lange, although no specifics have been discussed.

Lange's name has been linked to a job with the Chicago Blackhawks, who are looking for a play-by-play announcer for their television games.

The Blackhawks do only road games, which means such a position would not necessarily involve Lange having to move from Pittsburgh, his longtime home.

Eddie Olczyk, former Penguins coach and before that a broadcast partner of Lange's, has been hired as the lead game analyst on NBC's NHL telecasts and as color analyst for television games by the Blackhawks.

Lange said he has not had much opportunity to explore other options.

"This decision sort of came out of nowhere, so it's going to take me a little while to figure all this out and see if there is anything out there and what to pursue," he said.

Lange has been involved with Penguins broadcasting for 30 years, most recently as the TV voice of the team. As rights holder, FSN hires, fires and pays the announcers. The Penguins control their radio rights and the announcers.

After difficult negotiations last summer, Lange signed a one-year deal, with FSN holding an option for the second year. FSN decided last week not to exercise that option.
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Default Penguins Ownership Update Thread

Pens reject Cuban group
By Andrew Conte
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, July 22, 2006


It looks as if Mark Cuban and Dan Marino will not be buying the Pittsburgh Penguins after all.
Andrew Murstein, the New York City financier heading their group's bid for the hockey team, said the group increased its offer Friday, but it was rejected by the Penguins.

The group offered more than $170 million, as high as it intends to go, Murstein said.

"We increased our offer significantly, and it was not accepted," he said.

Penguins spokesman David Morehouse declined to comment on the ongoing sales process.

Five groups have bid on the Penguins, each offering more than $150 million. But it is believed that at least two of the groups have offered about $175 million.

The highest remaining bidder apparently is Sam Fingold, a Hartford, Conn., businessman who has talked about moving the team to Kansas City if Pittsburgh does not build an arena.

Larry Gottesdiener, a Massachusetts developer who had said he might move the team to Hartford, is believed to have the next highest bid.

Cuban, Marino and Murstein formed a partnership with strong local connections. Cuban is a Mt. Lebanon native who owns the Dallas Mavericks National Basketball Association franchise.

An Oakland native, Marino was a star quarterback for Central Catholic High School and the University of Pittsburgh before becoming a Hall of Fame quarterback for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.

The group includes the principals of Walnut Capital, a Shadyside development company.

It is believed that a group formed by Ohio businessman Jim Renacci offered a lower bid. A group that considered moving the team to Hamilton, Ont., apparently has cooled its interest.

Cuban has indicated his desire to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Murstein, president of Medallion Financial Group, earlier said the Cuban group's intent was to build a sports-themed development around a new arena that would include a hotel, stores and restaurants.

Penguins owners -- including former team captain Mario Lemieux and California investor Ron Burkle -- hope to finalize the team's sale before the season starts in September.

Talk of the Penguins sale has been tied to plans for replacing Mellon Arena.

Isle of Capri Casinos has offered to pay $290 million for a new arena if it wins the license for a slot machine parlor in Pittsburgh. That's believed to be enough incentive for any of the potential buyers to keep the team here.

Gov. Ed Rendell has asked the other two casino bidders to pay $7.5 million a year toward an arena if either one wins the casino license. The governor's plan calls for the team to pay $8.5 million up front and $2.9 million a year, while forgoing $1.1 million a year in naming rights.

It's not clear whether all the potential buyers are agreeable to those terms.

Work can start immediately on buying Uptown properties for an arena, Rendell said during a Pittsburgh visit last month. The state has agreed to give the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority $26.5 million from slots money to get the project started.

The team's lease at Mellon Arena expires in June.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_462983.html
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Hartford man top bidder for Penguins
Samuel Fingold seen as leading suitor
Saturday, July 22, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Samuel Fingold, a real estate developer from Hartford, Conn., has emerged as the leading candidate to buy the Penguins and could sign a letter of intent within days to negotiate a deal.

Mr. Fingold has the highest offer of the four active bidders, a figure of around $175 million, sources with knowledge of the negotiation process told the Post-Gazette. At least one other bidder, believed to be Lawrence Gottesdiener, may still attempt to outbid him, a source said.

The letter of intent would give Mr. Fingold exclusive rights to negotiate with the hockey club over a period of time, probably 30 days.

Mr. Fingold, 34, grew up a hockey fan in Toronto. He has lived in Hartford for several years and owns Kenyon Investments, a real estate company.

He is pursuing the Penguins as a family venture with his father, David, and his younger brother, Michael.

David and Michael Fingold, both of Toronto, also are in real estate. David Fingold has been involved in multiple real estate projects in Canada and the United States, perhaps the best known being a major condominium development called Chedington in Toronto.

The other three active bidders are Mr. Gottesdiener, a Boston area businessman who has several real estate ventures in Hartford; New York businessman Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Corp.; and Ohio businessman Jim Renacci, a Ringgold High School graduate who owns an Arena Football team in Columbus.

The Penguins would like to finalize a deal by the start of the season in October. That would mean closing on the sale, getting NHL approval and taking care of other details.

The club's current top officials -- including Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, a part owner and former CEO -- have expressed an interest in keeping the team in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Fingold has ties to Kansas City, which is looking for an NHL or NBA tenant for its new Sprint Center. As recently as a month ago, he indicated he was bidding for the team with an eye toward moving it to Kansas City, but has since said he thinks it might be viable to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

In addition, several factors seem to indicate that the team will stay put, unless plans fall apart for a new facility that would replace outdated Mellon Arena.

The new owner of the team will inherit an agreement with gaming company Isle of Capri, which has pledged $290 million toward construction of a new arena if it gets the city's slots license.

If one of the other two finalists for the slots license, Forest City and PITG Gaming, get the license, state and local officials have put together an alternative plan for arena funding. Both have committed to provide $7.5 million a year for 30 years for arena construction.

The pledges are a cornerstone of Gov. Ed Rendell's so-called $315 million Plan B to build a new arena in Pittsburgh.

Under its current setup, which would go into effect if Isle of Capri is not awarded a slots license, the Penguins would make an $8.5 million payment toward a new arena, plus $4.1 million per year for 30 years. In addition to the $7.5 million annual contributions from the winning gaming campany, the state would provide $7 million per year from a slots-backed development fund.

The state also would contribute $26.5 million for site acquisition and preparation, which would be paid back once slots revenues begin rolling in.

As long as one of those two possibilities for building an arena is viable, it's doubtful the NHL will allow the team to be relocated. League bylaws list a multitude of conditions that must be met in order for a team to be moved, including whether there are reasonable prospects for viability and whether there are efforts by the community and officials to attain viability.

The state of Mellon Arena, built in the early 1960s, has been major financial drain for the Penguins, who say they are losing millions of dollars a year playing there.

Officials hope to break ground for the new arena next year and have it open in 2009.

Of the other three active bidders, Mr. Murstein and Mr. Renacci have said they were solely interested in keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Mr. Gottesdiener has indicated he would be willing to operate the Penguins here but also has expressed an interest in getting an NHL team for Hartford, where there are hopes for a new arena.

An original fifth bidder, a secretive group from Canada, was on the verge of signing a letter of intent a week ago after making a bid of about $175 million.

That group withdrew, apparently because it either was intent on moving the Penguins or believed that even if it tried to operate the Penguins in Pittsburgh, it would not have the option of moving if things got financially strained.

The St. Louis Blues, who have a modern facility, were sold this summer for $150 million, and that included a lease at Savvis Center.

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This is not encouraging news to say the least.

Waking up and reading this news on a Saturday morning has actually made me sick to my stomach. All I know is KC is getting desperate for a tenant for an empty arena they built and there is a good chance that we are going to be sold to a guy that has come out and said he wants to move the team to KC and then only said about keeping the team here after 2 local groups emerged. Not good.
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No- this is not very encouraging news at all, but I appreciate you posting the articles, 83. I can't believe that Mario would even consider accepting an offer which would move the Pens out of Pittsburgh!!! The Cuban/Marino deal is only $5 million short of what some of the other groups have offered and both of these guys have Pittsburgh roots and would keep the team here. Hockey isn't as big here in the Burgh as football is, but the team has its loyal following and last season, many of the games were sold out even though the team didn't do all that well. I have season tix and I, like many others, would really like to know what is going to become of our beloved Pens. I'm not a happy camper right now.
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It is extremely unlikely that Muirstein would be rejected over $5 million. There is a lot more to a bid than the dollar amount - there is financing. When you bid $170 million dollars, it isnt like you are going to reach into your pocket and pull out the money, no matter how rich you are..Even rich people do not use their own money to buy properties - they use credit. It is much more likely that the Penguins did not like Murstein's financing. Deals are frequently made with a lower bidder who has solid financing. The history of the NHL is littered with "bigshots" who had the highest bid but could actually come across when their financing fell through. I'm just not sold on this deal falling apart over $5 million dollars.

I think I'm going to puke.
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