More Arena News On The Way
By: Jeff Little • June 3rd, 2009
As many of you may have heard, the Blue Jackets held a Roundtable last night for members of the blogging community that regularly cover the CBJ.
While I was tied up in meetings, and did not become aware of the invitation until the event was underway, the Blue Jackets have come to the rescue. Todd Sharrock, VP of Public Relations, was kind enough to arrange for me to speak with Senior VP/General Counsel Greg Kirstein about the issues relating to the Arena, the lease and related information.
Greg and I spoke for quite awhile today, and will be concluding our discussions in the morning. I will be posting what I hope will be a fairly comprehensive look at the situation as soon as we wrap up our discussions and I have the chance to formulate a coherent piece. I want to be sure that we discuss all of the relevant points before putting a piece together.
Stay tuned. . .
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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