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Portland Pirates Drop Lawsuit Against Civic Center
12/19/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

The Portland Pirates have dropped their lawsuit against the Cumberland County Civic Center - which until this season had been the hockey team's home stadium. An affiliate of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, the Pirates filed the suit in early September to try to force the Civic Center trustees to abide by a tentative lease agreement. The suit was dropped after a private meeting between the team's new majority owner and the Civic Center board chair. Tom Porter has more.

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Because of a disagreement, largely over the sharing of revenues, the Pirates have been playing their home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. A short while ago, I spoke to the Portland Pirates' new majority owner Ron Cain.

Talking on his cell phone, Cain says the decision to drop the suit follows a private meeting earlier this week with Civic Center boad chairman Neal Pratt.

Ron Cain: "We both agreed that there's certain common ground for us to meet. And part of that was, for it to be productive, dismissing the lawsuit without prejudice was one of the things that I needed to do, so we decided to do that."

Tom Porter: "Mr. Cain, was there one development in particular which persuaded you to dismiss the lawsuit?"

Ron Cain: "From my standpoint, there's always been a desire to get this done. The lawsuit is not something I want to pursue. Those things nobody ever really wins in them. So this really is the desired outcome for us both to sit down."

Tom Porter: "Do you know what will be on the agenda?"

Ron Cain: "I can't get into specifics right now. It's just, you know, we both recognize that there's a relationship to be built going forward, and that we both are invested in doing that. To get into specifics now would not be wise on my part."

That was Portland Pirates' new majority owner Ron Cain. He says he hopes the next meeting with the Civic Center will happen the week after next, or shortly after that.


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