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On 4/15/2024 at 1:51 PM, utenation said:

I think I'm going to start growing my hockey fan mullet today. @thelawlorfaithful, should I go with style 1 or 2 below?

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I would recommend neither. Wifey says 2, “if you’re gonna go for it go all the way. Somebody’s got to set the tone!”

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We’re all sitting in the dugout. Thinking we should pitch. How you gonna throw a shutout when all you do is bitch.

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On 4/15/2024 at 3:27 PM, CKS007 said:

I wonder if the NHL will move Colorado and Utah to the Pacific division and Calgary and Edmonton to the Central?  There could be a bit of a three-way rivalry between Col-UT-Vegas.

 

 

With the current scheduling format that would mean shipping 2 Canadian teams to an already far flung Central Div - increasing travel costs for 5 of the 6 other teams (ex Winnipeg) - so Colo/Utah/LV can play each other 1 additional time each.  And SLC is farther away from LV than Phx is.  But it is closer to Denver, which is already in the Central with Phx/SLC.

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I believe the move to SLC will be a big hit, like the Kraken in Seattle. Hate to lose a team in a big market like Phoenix but there will be energy in SLC and that's good for business, too.

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On 4/16/2024 at 10:16 AM, toonkee said:

I believe the move to SLC will be a big hit, like the Kraken in Seattle. Hate to lose a team in a big market like Phoenix but there will be energy in SLC and that's good for business, too.

You will see packed houses from day 1.  Ryan Smith won't take 30 years to build a new arena like the current owner of The Coyotes. I think you'll see legit water colors and financial backing by the end of the year or 1st quarter 2025.

The more I read about the current situation in PHX, the more I think it was a good time for them to move. Many owners and lack of progress on getting shit done. I don't think The Coyotes have ever been to the playoffs. In 30 years? yikes.   

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On 4/16/2024 at 3:42 PM, utenation said:

You will see packed houses from day 1. 

certainly...because the Delta Center doesnt hold much for hockey thanks to the sightlines.

 

Delta Center has had a capacity of 10,420 seats during the Frozen Fury event, but that number could be subject to change if hockey is played in the arena’s current layout beginning next season.

With limited time before the beginning of the 2024-25 season, there likely wouldn’t be major overhauls to the arena this summer, but they could begin in the 2025 offseason, and stretch over multiple years.

 

https://kslsports.com/514831/nhl-move-utah-jazz-delta-center/

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On 4/16/2024 at 3:42 PM, utenation said:

I don't think The Coyotes have ever been to the playoffs. In 30 years? yikes.   

It's been 4 years.  And they made the conference finals in 2012.

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On 4/16/2024 at 3:00 PM, RSF said:

certainly...because the Delta Center doesnt hold much for hockey thanks to the sightlines.

 

Delta Center has had a capacity of 10,420 seats during the Frozen Fury event, but that number could be subject to change if hockey is played in the arena’s current layout beginning next season.

With limited time before the beginning of the 2024-25 season, there likely wouldn’t be major overhauls to the arena this summer, but they could begin in the 2025 offseason, and stretch over multiple years.

 

https://kslsports.com/514831/nhl-move-utah-jazz-delta-center/

Seating capacity and bad sightlines of the Delta Center have already been discussed a few pages ago.  The point is temporary. Anything is better than their current college shitbox that holds 5K or whatever it is. 

My point is, there will proper support and resources for this team in SLC.  And you can bank it that the new arena will be full for this team as well. The Jazz are terrible this year and still averaged close to 100% capacity. 

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Heard that Smith isn't paying the bill to get the NHL to SLC, but instead getting funding from a sales tax increase on everybody to pay for it. If this goes south, there will be a lot of grumbling in the public eyes.

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On 4/17/2024 at 4:50 PM, smithy said:

Heard that Smith isn't paying the bill to get the NHL to SLC, but instead getting funding from a sales tax increase on everybody to pay for it. If this goes south, there will be a lot of grumbling in the public eyes.

This isn’t my understanding at all. He has to use his own funds, not tax payer dollars to buy the team.  Whether he went to investment firms or not I don’t know. He bought the Jazz on his own a few years ago and it’s doubled in value. 
 

The sale’s tax increase is only for SLC, not the whole state.  Those funds will not only help fund a new arena, but it will also help revitalize a big area of downtown which I think they are calling the Sports Entertainment District. So there is more at stake than just a hockey arena for the sales tax increase. 
 

I highly doubt you’ll get many complaints from taxpayers on this. We love our sports and getting another major sports franchise in to our city is a big deal. We are also high on the list to get the Winter Olympics back in 2034. Gotta have some nice venues for that. 

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On 4/17/2024 at 6:50 PM, smithy said:

Heard that Smith isn't paying the bill to get the NHL to SLC, but instead getting funding from a sales tax increase on everybody to pay for it. If this goes south, there will be a lot of grumbling in the public eyes.

He's using some of his own money and leveraging a SLC Olympic bid to get a new arena. He also, as I stated previously, spent the last over a year lobbying the NHL and undermining the Coyotes franchise so he could get one of his own. He couldn't wait for an expansion, he had to steal a team with a top notch farm system in order to further his goals. He can get fucked. 

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On 4/17/2024 at 8:12 PM, utenation said:

This isn’t my understanding at all. He has to use his own funds, not tax payer dollars to buy the team.  Whether he went to investment firms or not I don’t know. He bought the Jazz on his own a few years ago and it’s doubled in value. 
 

The sale’s tax increase is only for SLC, not the whole state.  Those funds will not only help fund a new arena, but it will also help revitalize a big area of downtown which I think they are calling the Sports Entertainment District. So there is more at stake than just a hockey arena for the sales tax increase. 
 

I highly doubt you’ll get many complaints from taxpayers on this. We love our sports and getting another major sports franchise in to our city is a big deal. We are also high on the list to get the Winter Olympics back in 2034. Gotta have some nice venues for that. 

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On 4/17/2024 at 4:50 PM, smithy said:

Heard that Smith isn't paying the bill to get the NHL to SLC, but instead getting funding from a sales tax increase on everybody to pay for it. If this goes south, there will be a lot of grumbling in the public eyes.

People are mad that Smith isn’t footing the bill for the new arena, himself, a la Larry H. Miller who paid for the Delta Center in its entirety but things were different 30 years ago when it only cost 93 million to build the arena but that’s the point. With the rising costs of living in the SLC area as it is it just doesn’t make sense to add on unnecessary taxes like this. It’s just one more thing to have to deal with.

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