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Bettman: No guarantees Coyotes will stay in Phoenix

While there’s interest among investors to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman admits the team could be headed out of Glendale after the season unless a deal is struck. In his weekly radio show, Bettman reported there were three potential buyers of the Coyotes, owned by the NHL since 2009 after going through […]

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Will legal challenges derail Quebec City arena?

With opposition politicians promising lawsuits challenging the funding scheme for a new Quebec City arena, city and provincial leaders are taking actions to nip them in the bud. The issue: the agreement between the city and Quebecor for naming rights and management. A former provincial politician and city manager, Denis De Belleval, says he’ll challenge […]

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New Quebec City arena: pro venue or community resource?

After being teased by the Tories over federal funding, organizers of a new Quebec City arena are heeding a pledge by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to help fund the facility on the theory it’s not really a pro-hockey venue — it’s a community resource. It’s an important distinction. Traditionally, the federal government hasn’t help fund […]

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Quebecor commits real money to new Quebec City arena

{jathumbnail off} Canadian media giant Quebecor is making public its financial commitment to a new Quebec City arena, and it’s pretty substantial: between $110 million and $200 million, depending on whether the facility lands an NHL team. The funding commitment is in two areas and on two levels. First, there’s a baseline commitment of $33 […]

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New Quebec City arena a go?

{jathumbnail off} Various media outlets, including Radio Canada, are reporting that a new Quebec City arena is a go, as Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow to announce the final piece of the funding pie: federal gas-tax proceeds. The current plan from Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls for […]

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P3 funding eyed for sports facilities — but hurdles remain

{jathumbnail off} The Harper government and Conservatives are looking at raiding the $1B Public-Private Partnerships Canada (P3) Fund to help build stadiums and arenas across the county, including a new Quebec City arena, but there’s one huge obstacle: the legislation setting up the fund specifically prohibits its use for pro-sports facilities. That’s a huge obstacle, […]

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Quebecor stepping up to fund Quebec City arena

Media giant Quebecor is stepping up to partially fund a new Quebec City arena and close a significant funding gap, as the city moves closer to a facility that could bring back NHL hockey — and perhaps bring in federal aid as well. Quebecor President Pierre Karl Péladeau told the Globe and Mail that his […]

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