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Lawyers Meet to Try to Resolve Pirates' Dispute with Civic Center
09/11/2013 05:28 PM ET  

If the sides can't reach an agreement on the terms of its five-year lease, the matter will likely go to court.

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Lawyers for Portland's resident hockey team and the Cumberland County Civic Center met for several hours behind closed doors today as they attempt to hammer out a disputed contract. If the sides can't reach an agreement on the terms of its five-year lease, the matter will likely go to court after all.

Chris Roy, who writes for Maine Hockey Journal, has been following the dispute. He says the Pirates want to stay in Portland, and the city wants the Pirates there. But they can't both have their way.

"It would be a bigger loss for the county. For the Pirates, I think the issue for them is where they're going to play in the short term, which seems to be the Colisee (in Lewiston)," Roy says. "The building, the seat number is not the concern, it's whether they can generate the revenue in the community through corporate partnerships."

Last week, the Portland Pirates sued the Civic Center over the terms of its new contract, which it says was agreed to back in April. The Civic Center denies that a final agreement was ever reached.

Some of the contentious issues have to do with whether the team can share in the profits from concessions and advertising.

This story was reported by Tom Porter and written by Jennifer Mitchell.

Photo: Tom Porter



 

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