CORNWALL Ontario – Council and management have a chance to show some leadership and do something positive as it’s that time to decide on what to do with our hockey rink contracts.
Right now the Cornwall Colts have a ridiculous arrangement where they get subsidized by the city and get the ad revenue from the Civic Complex, an arena the team doesn’t come close to filling.
The LNAH Cornwall River Kings get boned. No subsidy, no ad cash. The team usually triples attendance over the Colts, and the bizarre rink deal clearly has handicapped the success of the team and its future.
Clearly it’s time to move the Colts over to the Benson Centre where the 500 seat space fits the product. Of course the team ownership looses a bucket of money, but the city is not in the business of filling local businesses pockets,right? If that were the case our local economy would be a lot better.
The River Kings should have all of the ad space for 2015/16 season if for no other reason to give them a chance to catch up for the previous years.
There is also the solution that no boards will be given to teams and that the city will simply set out a rate card and retain all of the ad dollars and simply give our reductions or grants to the teams that fill the seats to give the advertising their value.
There are a lot of unconfirmed rumors running around our hockey scene.
For example is David Murphy and/or the Benson group involved at an ownership level with the Colts? That might explain why they’ve been treated they way they have?
Are Mr. Murphy (who is also a city councilor) and Marty Benson trying to land a franchise from the Ontario Hockey League or the Q for Cornwall? If that is the case that should be discussed at this point in time.
If that franchise were landed it would hurt the River Kings. What consideration should the franchise be given?
The bottom line is that Council’s job is to decide what is best for the Corporation of the City of Cornwall and its taxpayers and not…….um…. Treating users of our facilities like the Benson Centre and Civic Complex is crucial. Treating them fairly should be the prime consideration after gaining the most revenue we can so taxpayers don’t get stuck with the bill.
The utter sad issue is that the City has chosen to subsidize Hockey to this degree while slashing funding to its public Art Gallery of 33 years to ZERO for 2015. That’s insane and is hurting our community as there are far more artists than hockey players.
What do you think Cornwall? You can post your comments below.