Found March 30, 2012 on Puck Drunk Love:
There haven't been any specific rumors of the Blue Jackets' pending doom/relocation to Quebec City, but just in case you were getting worried about the franchise's future: don't. Despite the losses and despite the questionable front office of the team, Franklin County, Ohio has agreed on a purchase agreement that will enable the Blue Jackets to stay in Columbus at least until 2039. The funds have been raised via county and city casino revenue, so taxpayer dollars won't specifically be used (are you listening, city of Glendale?). According to the Columbus Dispatch, here's how it's set up to work: With maintenance, operating and debt service costs, arena ownership is expected to cost the city and county more than $250 million through 2039. The deal is expected to save the struggling Blue Jackets $9.5 million per year through a rent-free lease with the authority. Nationwide, the former majority owner of the arena, agreed to invest $52 million in the Blue ...
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