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Lawmaker Offers Bill to End Hockey Arena Dispute
12/19/2013 10:02 AM ET  

Senate President Justin Alfond has filed emergency legislation that would allow the Portland Pirages to share revenue from alcohol sales if it returns to the Cumberland County Civic Center.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A legislative leader is offering a possible solution to a dispute between the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Senate President Justin Alfond has filed emergency legislation that would allow the team to share revenue from alcohol sales if it returns to the Portland arena.

Alfond, a Portland Democrat, says the bill could be considered when the Legislature reconvenes next month.

The Pirates are currently playing at the Androscoggin Bank Coliseum in Lewiston and had planned to return to Portland under a new five-year agreement after renovations were completed. But the team sued after being told it could not share alcohol revenues because it wasn't on the civic center's liquor license.

Neal Pratt, chairman of the arena's trustees, told the Portland Press Herald that Alfond's proposal appeared promising.


 

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