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  1. Interesting article today in the Courant that discusses difference between "Tickets Distributed" and "Tickets Scanned", and about the on-campus arena. "UConn officials say they plan to play lower-profile games at a newly-built arena — the type of contests that tend to draw fewer than 3,000 fans, not the type that sometimes draw more than 6,000. Most games, including the biggest match-ups, will continue to take place at the XL Center"
  2. I saw an article today about the White Sox game. They had paid attendance of 10,377 but only 974 showed up. MLB officially reports tickets sold, not turnstile, so that's what you'll always see in box scores. They use tickets sold as a factor when they figure out revenue sharing between big and small market teams. I'm sure teams in all leagues use a lot of liberty in determining tickets "sold" and count freebies given to corporations, vendors, advertisers, charities, etc. A company slaps their logo on a wall at a stadium and gives the team money for it, in return the team gives the company 100 tickets for each game, then the team counts that as sold tickets.
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    Eat Crow table for 2m

    Considered the amount of debt Hartford and the state has, and the risk involved with a city in the shape Hartford is in, anything much less than 7.25 might be too risky for the private equity firm, and it would be a bad deal for them (similar to not getting enough for buying junk bonds). It would be interested to see if something like this has worked in other cities with the same issues. Since the article states they offered to buy the XL a year earlier, it sounds like that is independent of this new $2B proposal at 7.25 to buy buildings, etc. and lease them back, and buying the XL would be under completely different terms. It will be interested what comes of both ideas (the $2B proposal, and the purchasing of the XL)
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    The Hartford sell off

    Selling the XL (for $50M or basically any price) with an offer for a private entity to spend up to $250M on it sounds like a no-brainer. The taxpayers would be off the hook, and it would get the building out of the hands of the incompetent state gov't and it's quasi-public agencies. One question is if they are looking to buy it outright, or if it would be a sale-leaseback like the other proposal to buy a bunch of the city's *****ets/buildings for $2B then lease them back to the city at 7.25%.
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    Connecticut's Team?

    Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not Hendrickson. Just someone else who's here for the entertainment value mostly.
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    Connecticut's Team?

    The title of this thread "Connecticut's Team" (which needs to put out of its misery) reminded me of this, when the Whalers considered changing their name to the "Connecticut Whalers" back in 1993. Richard Gordon, principal owner of the Whalers, said in a recent interview. "And since we are a regional team, we're considering changing our name to the Connecticut Whalers." Hartford Whalers' Goal: To Become Connecticut's Team, or Else
  7. Amazon announced it's finalists for it's second headquarters today. As expected, despite WhalerCentral's claims, Hartford will not be the choice. Amazon has said its preferences for the site include a metropolitan location with a population of more than 1 million, m***** transit, proximity to an international flight hub and the potential to retain and attract technical talent. The finalist cities are: - Atlanta - Austin, Texas - Boston - Chicago - Columbus, Ohio - Dallas - Denver - Indianapolis - Los Angeles - Miami - Montgomery County, Maryland - Nashville, Tennessee - Newark, New Jersey - New York - Northern Virginia - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Raleigh, North Carolina - Toronto - Washington D.C.
  8. Nothing of value? His humorous posts are the only thing of value on this board!
  9. Enfield, home of Amazon's **ture second headquarters, according to WhalerCentral!!!
  10. Yeah, who cares, there are 70+ of these Amazon warehouse facilities in the US, **ll of low-skill, low-pay jobs. Big difference between these and a second headquarters. Out of 238+ bids, we'd be lucky to crack their top 100.