NHL Report: Penguins reach arena deal

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a deal with city, county and state officials on financing for a new arena, a television station reported Monday night.

KDKA-TV, citing unidentified sources, said the deal is "done" and will be announced before Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena.

Penguins officials did not immediately return calls for comment, nor did a spokesman for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

A spokesman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he knew nothing of a deal.

"I never heard that. I heard nothing like that," spokesman Dick Skrinjar said.

A spokesman for Gov. Ed Rendell refused to confirm the deal.

"I can't confirm a report of any settlement," Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said. "The sides have communicated since last Thursday. This is an ongoing process."

Team and elected officials met last week in Philadelphia, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

After that meeting, the sides issued a joint statement saying they had a "very constructive meeting where significant progress was made."

The sides agreed to meet again on Wednesday and to make no further comment.

KDVA reported that the Wednesday meeting is still on, but only to iron out minor details.

-- AP

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