January 11 2016 06:36PM
National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman was in Calgary today and at the top of his agenda was discussion of the CalgaryNEXT arena/stadium proposal. The lunch hour saw Bettman attend a function hosted by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where he extolled the virtues of the project and encouraged the city's business leaders to contact their political representatives to get the project moving ahead.
Bettman's stumping for the project didn't fall on deaf ears, as Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi had a pretty memorable response. After the jump is a brief rundown of what was said on both sides.
All second-half accounts via Twitter, as Bettman's appearance at the Chamber wasn't recorded. He covered much of the same ground on the air with Rob Kerr of Sportsnet 960 The Fan (and you can listen to their chat here.)
Bettman in Cgy: "The cost of CgyNext is never going to be lower than it is today. It needs to happen."— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) January 11, 2016
Bettman says he's aware of argument that AB in tough economic times & the economic premise public money should not be used on sport #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) January 11, 2016
Bettman putting more heat on @Nenshi: "the only ingredient in this city missing is for the city to get on board and 'say let's go.'"— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) January 11, 2016
"Aw, maybe this idea's not for you. It's more of a *Shelbyville*, uh, I mean *Edmonton* idea ..." https://t.co/rIy91e8IUt— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 11, 2016
DID ANYTHING CHANGE?
Nope. The city's still examining the proposal using the framework that they laid out in the fall. The next actual new developments in this ongoing saga will probably be in late April, when the report from the first phase of the framework should be hitting City Hall. And coincidentally, that's also about the time we should learn more about the remediation costs.
So what was actually accomplished by all the hubbub today? Not much. To quote the Bard:
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.